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ExxonMobil awards EPC work to Jacobs for new Texas ethane cracker

08.13.2014  |  HP News

Jacobs was awarded the new contract from ExxonMobil Chemical to provide engineering and construction services as part of the multi-billion-dollar ethane cracking project.


Jacobs Engineering Group was awarded a contract from ExxonMobil Chemical to provide engineering, procurement and construction services as part of a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker project in ExxonMobil’s complex in Baytown, Texas, and associated premium product facilities in Mont Belvieu, Texas.

Company officials did not disclose the contract value.

Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is providing site enabling works and interconnections services for the two sites. Jacobs’ scope of work includes site preparation of 350 acres for the ethane cracker in Baytown and 100 acres for the product facilities in Mont Belvieu.

Jacobs is also working on the interconnectivity of the two sites by integrating into ExxonMobil’s existing facilities a new 1.5 million tpy ethane steam cracker in Baytown and two new high-performance polyethylene lines in Mont Belvieu, with a capacity of 650,000 tpy. 

This aspect of the project requires approximately 63,000 feet of pipe to integrate into the existing Baytown facility and 43,000 feet of pipe to integrate into the existing Mont Belvieu facility.

“Our interface management and integration role is crucial to the success of this expansion project," said Jacobs vice president Mike Autrey. "We are excited to bring our execution skills and experience to support ExxonMobil in this important venture."

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Alan Cross

Please be advised that I have written an article, as yet unpublished, describing an innovative thermal cracking heater design for the production of ethylene from ethane. Furthermore, preliminary cost estimates, for the proposed design, indicate a drastic reduction in material cost and component arrangement, relative to conventionally used Cracking Heaters..

If you do indeed have an interest in the proposed design, kindly advise accordingly, and I will forward a copy of the article to you, provided that you would be willing to sign an appropriate secrecy agreement, prepared by you or myself.

Thank you,

Alan Cross,M.Ch.E, Process Design and Consulting Engineer

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