LyondellBasell to build new propylene oxide, TBA plant on US Gulf Coast
"While we have not finalized the exact location of the plant, the abundant natural gas liquids associated with shale gas make the US Gulf Coast an advantaged feedstock region," an executive said.
LyondellBasell on Monday announced plans to build a world
scale PO/TBA plant on the US Gulf Coast with capacity of 900
million lb/year of propylene oxide (PO) and 2 billion lb/year
of tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) and its derivatives.
The preliminary timetable is to have the plant operational in
2019. The project
is expected to generate up
to 1,200 construction
jobs at its peak.
The plant is expected to sell PO in the global marketplace to
meet growing demand for polyurethanes, which are used
primarily for the manufacture of bedding, furniture, carpets
and car seats.
Meanwhile, TBA and its derivatives will be sold to meet the
need for high octane gasoline blending components as well as
for use in manufacturing synthetic rubber and lubricant
"While we have not finalized the exact location of the plant,
the abundant natural gas liquids associated with shale gas
make the US Gulf Coast an advantaged feedstock
region," said Pat
Quarles, LyondellBasell's senior vice president of
intermediates and derivatives.
combines our leading
proprietary PO/TBA technology
with low-cost feedstock
and demonstrates our
continued commitment to capturing maximum advantage of market
opportunities," he added.