Chevron Phillips Chemical starts up world’s largest plant for 1-hexene
With worldwide supply capabilities, the 1-hexene unit is capable of producing 250,000 tpy and is expected to enjoy significant advantages in infrastructure, feedstock availability and operational knowledge by its placement in the existing Cedar Bayou chemical complex in Baytown, Texas.
Chevron Phillips Chemical announced Thursday the successful
commissioning and start-up of the worlds largest
on-purpose 1-hexene plant.
With worldwide supply capabilities, the 1-hexene unit is
capable of producing 250,000 tpy and will enjoy significant
advantages in infrastructure, feedstock
operational knowledge by its placement in the existing Cedar
Bayou chemical vomplex in Baytown, Texas.
Chevron Phillips is committed to being a consistent and
reliable supplier for our customers, said Mitch
Eichelberger, general manager of normal alpha olefins and
polyalphaolefins for Chevron Phillips Chemical. With
the start-up of this plant, we will enable our customers to
expand their businesses and meet the growing worldwide demand
for 1-hexene comonomers.
The new plant is the third plant to utilize Chevron Phillips
Chemicals proprietary selective on-purpose 1-hexene technology
, which produces
comonomer grade 1-hexene from ethylene with exceptional
product purity. 1-hexene is a critical component used in the
manufacture of polyethylene, a plastic resin commonly
converted into film, plastic pipe, detergent bottles, and
food and beverage containers.
Our investment to expand 1-hexene production is due in
part to Texas growth as a major international hub for
industry and the
increased supply of competitive feedstock
s in the US from the
development of shale resources, said Pete Cella, CEO of
Chevron Phillips Chemical. Only five years ago, the
expectation was that the US would become a significant net
importer of ethylene derivatives. Now the US is expecting to
become a major exporter of ethylene derivatives, including
1-hexene, able to compete with any producing region in the
is already successfully
used at Qatar Chemical's (Q-Chem) facility in Mesaieed,
Qatar, and at the Saudi Polymers Co. plant in Al Jubail,
Saudi Arabia. Both of these facilities
are joint ventures of
wholly-owned subsidiaries of Chevron Phillips Chemical.