Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) received approval from its
board of directors and obtained an environment
al permit from the
Texas Commission on Environment
al Quality (TCEQ) to
expand normal alpha olefins (NAO) production capacity at its
Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas, officials said on
This investment will provide an additional 100,000 tpy of
Construction completion is anticipated in July, 2015.
Houston-based S&B Engineers and Constructors will execute
the engineering, procurement and construction
, and expects to
support up to 600 jobs during the construction
This investment decision reflects Chevron Phillips
Chemicals strategy to leverage North American shale gas
development by continuing to grow our US-based olefins and
polyolefins footprint, said Mark Lashier, executive
vice president of olefins and polyolefins for CPChem.
NAOs and its derivatives are used extensively as polyethylene
co-monomers, synthetic motor oils, lubricants, automotive
additives and in a wide range of specialty
We are committed to being a consistent and reliable
supplier of high quality alpha olefins, said Mitch
Eichelberger, general manager of normal alpha olefins and
polyalphaolefins. This expansion
exemplifies our strong
commitment to the alpha olefins business, and meeting the
growing demand of our customers.
Chevron Phillips Chemical has recently announced the construction
of a world-scale
ethylene cracker in Baytown, Texas, two world-scale
polyethylene reactors in Old Ocean, Texas and the start-up of
the worlds largest 1-hexene facility in Baytown.
The 1-hexene plant, capable of producing up to 250,000 tpy,
is co-located with this expansion project
at the Cedar Bayou plant.
Chevron says the two plants will enjoy synergies as they both
share the same infrastructure and workforce talent.