Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) has received air permits
from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for its
plan to build a new ethane cracker and polyethylene
units in Texas, the company said on
Additionally, the company said it received a greenhouse gas
permit from Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) for the cracker earlier this year.
Pending final board approval to be sought later this year,
the 1.5 million tpy (3.3 billion pounds/year) ethane cracker
would be built at CPChem's Cedar Bayou facility in Baytown,
Texas, while the two new polyethylene facilities, each with an annual
capacity of 500,000 tpy (1.1 billion pounds), would be built on
a site near the company's Sweeny facility in Old Ocean,
We now have the requisite permits in hand to initiate
construction of the cracker and
polyethylene units and remain in the first mover position
leading the way as the US petrochemical industry announces
significant expansions of capacity as a result
of shale resource development, said Ron Corn, vice
president of corporate planning and development.
We are proud of the projects progress since we
first announced our feasibility study to construct a
world-scale ethane cracker and derivatives facilities on the Texas Gulf Coast
in March 2011.
The ethane cracker and two polyethylene units, part of the
companys US Gulf Coast (USGC) petrochemicals project, are expected to create
approximately 400 long-term direct jobs and 10,000 engineering
and construction jobs.
The estimated completion date for the company's USGC petrochemicals project is 2017.