Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) will expand its ethylene
production by 200 million pounds by adding a tenth furnace to
ethylene unit 33 at its Sweeny complex in Old Ocean, Texas, the
company said on Monday.
The company noted that
it recently received consent to begin construction from the Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
The new furnace will achieve lower emissions and incorporate Best
Available Control Technology (BACT). Construction is targeted to commence
within the next quarter, with an anticipated startup in
This furnace addition will provide additional ethylene
supply to meet the growing global demand to better serve our
customers and provide additional supply prior to starting up
our proposed US Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project in 2017, said Dave
Smith, olefins and natural gas liquids vice
president at CPChem.
Chevron Phillips Chemical said that project, in which
it plans to build an ethane cracker at its Cedar
Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas, and two polyethylene units in
Old Ocean, continues to be on track.
While the additional furnace will not add to the nameplate
capacity of the Sweeny facility, the increased operating factor
should result in net increase of 200 million pounds of ethylene
availability to provide additional operational flexibility and
The Sweeny complex is one of the worlds largest
single-site ethylene facilities and is capable of
producing greater than 11 million pounds of ethylene per day,
or roughly 4.1 billion pounds each year.
This project and the proposed addition of
the adjacent polyethylene units emphasize the importance of
Sweeny in the companys portfolio, said Wayne
McDowell, Sweeny complex manager. We are thrilled to
produce quality products safely and reliably on an even larger