Polyethylene Pilot Plant Polyethylene Pilot Plant to Be Built at Research Center in Oklahoma

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Chevron Phillips Chemical will build a pilot plant for polyethylene research, including new catalyst and polymer development, as well as polymer performance enhancements.

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Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Plastics Technical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma offers application development, materials evaluation, technical services and training.
Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Plastics Technical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma offers application development, materials evaluation, technical services and training.
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The Woodlands, Texas/USA – Chevron Phillips Chemical has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art polyethylene pilot plant at its research and technology facility in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

The new pilot plant will incorporate the company’s proprietary Martecht loop slurry process for polyethylene production and Martecht ADL (advanced dual loop) technology, a proprietary dual loop process enabling production of bimodal polyethylene resins for advanced applications.

The testing site will provide leading-edge polyethylene research, including new catalyst and polymer development, as well as polymer performance enhancements. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015.

"As a global producer of polyethylene, we strive to support our customers with the latest technological advances and process improvements through the efforts of our research and development personnel," said Don Lycette, vice president of research and technology for Chevron Phillips Chemical. "Chevron Phillips Chemical continues to build on a long history of scientific discoveries, particularly at our facility in Bartlesville, which was originally built in 1950 by Phillips Petroleum Company."

Martecht technology delivers reliable, high-reactor throughput while minimizing capital expense, operating costs and environmental impact, and it is utilized by numerous commercial reactor facilities worldwide. Completion of the new pilot plant is expected in 2017.

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