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Gulf Coast PO/TBA Project Lyondell Basell Plans New World–Scale Production to Cash in on Shale Boom

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

New projects spring up like mushrooms along the US Gulf coast: Now Lyondell Basell considers building a new PO/TBA plant in the region to cash in on the availability of cheap shale gas.

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Houston, Texas/USA – Lyondell Basell announced today plans to build a world scale PO/TBA plant on the U.S. Gulf Coast with an annual capacity of 900 million pounds of propylene oxide (PO) and 2 billion pounds of tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) and its derivatives. Given the current preliminary timetable, the plant could be operational in 2019.

The facility is expected to sell PO in the global marketplace to meet growing demand for polyurethanes, which are used primarily for the manufacture of bedding, furniture, carpets and car seats. TBA and its derivatives will be sold to meet the need for high octane gasoline blending components as well as for use in manufacturing synthetic rubber and lubricant additives.

"While we have not finalized the exact location of the plant, the abundant natural gas liquids associated with shale gas make the U.S. Gulf Coast an advantaged feedstock region," said Pat Quarles, LyondellBasell Senior Vice President of Intermediates and Derivatives. "This project combines our leading proprietary PO/TBA technology with low cost feedstock and demonstrates our continued commitment to capturing maximum advantage of market opportunities."

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