The US Environment
al Protection Agency
(EPA) recently issued three final GHG Prevention of
Significant Deterioration construction
permits for the
Formosa Plastics facility in Point Comfort, Texas.
Formosa is expanding its chemical complex, located near
Victoria, and taking three actions with its turbines unit,
olefins unit and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) unit.
According to the olefins GHG permit, a new ethane cracker and
propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit will have a combined
capacity of 1.75 million tpy of "high-purity ethylene
Meanwhile, the LDPE unit will have a a capacity of 625,500
tpy and be able to produce resin at different grades.
alone will bring over $2
billion in capital investments, create 1800 construction
jobs and 225
long-term operations jobs in the local area, according to the
Formosa will add two new gas-fired combined-cycle gas
turbines to the existing chemical utility unit. Each turbine
will have a capacity to generate 80 megawatts of electrical
The existing utility plant will consist of the six existing
General Electric 7EA gas-fired turbines plus the two new GE
7EA gas-fired turbines with duct burners.