USA: Engineering and Construction Agreement S&B Bags Contract for Chevron Phillips Chemical’s World-Scale Unit
S&B Engineers and Constructors (S&B) has secured an engineering and construction contract from Chevron Phillips Chemical for its world-scale 1-hexene unit in Texas, USA. The new unit is expected to produce up to 266,000 metric tons per year of 1-hexene.
Texas/USA – S&B was awarded an engineering and construction contract with Chevron Phillips Chemical to engineer and build the company’s second U.S. world-scale unit to produce on-purpose 1-hexene. The asset’s location will be in Old Ocean, Texas, near Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Sweeny facility.
S&B completed Chevron Phillips Chemical’s first U.S. 1-hexene unit in 2014 at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas. The project earned S&B the prestigious Excellence in Construction Award for innovative design, precise craftsmanship, and superior safety performance and practices by Associated Builders and Contractors’ Houston Chapter.
Chevron Phillips Chemical’s new 1-hexene unit will use the latest evolution of the company’s proprietary, on-purpose 1-hexene technology.
The new unit will produce up to 266,000 metric tons or (586,000,000 lbs.) per year of 1-hexene, a critical component in high-performance polyethylene (PE). This plastic resin is commonly used in the production of film and rigid containers for a variety of everyday products, including packaging for food, detergent and pharmaceuticals, among many others.
S&B anticipates 600 construction and engineering jobs will be created for the project at its peak. Construction will commence during the third quarter of 2021, with project startup expected in 2023.