USA: Engineering and Construction Agreement S&B Bags Contract for Chevron Phillips Chemical’s World-Scale Unit

Editor: Ahlam Rais

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.

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Construction will commence during the third quarter of 2021, with project startup expected in 2023.
Construction will commence during the third quarter of 2021, with project startup expected in 2023.
(Source: Chevron Phillips Chemical)

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.

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