Gulf Coast Chem Plant Projects Awarded

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 @ 04:10 PM gHale

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. is all ahead full with $6 billion worth of Gulf Coast petrochemicals projects.

“We remain in the first mover position as we take another critical step in executing a project that will benefit our customers, suppliers, local communities and existing and future employees,” said Pete Cella, president and chief executive of Chevron Phillips Chemical. “We are able to realize this important milestone thanks to continued strong growth in demand for our products, shale resource development in the United States, and the tremendous support of our owners.”

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An ethane cracker will go up at Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, TX and two polyethylene units will be built at a site in Old Ocean, TX, near Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Sweeny plant.

Construction should start in early 2014 with startup slated for 2017.

The company says about 400 long-term direct jobs will end up created as well as 10,000 engineering and construction jobs.

Site preparation is underway, equipment ordered, expansion of needed infrastructure started and the company inked a contract for fabrication of the rail cars needed to supply product to customers.

The Woodlands-based Chevron Phillips Chemical also said it awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract to a joint venture between JGC and Fluor Enterprises for the ethane cracker part of the project.

A similar contract also went to Gulf Coast Partners, a partnership between Technip USA and Zachry Industrial, for the polyethylene facilities.

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