Corpus Christi plastics plant construction will create up to 2,400 jobs at its peak
The resumption of construction of the Jumbo plastics project will bring great social benefit to Corpus Christi in Texas as it is estimated to generate up to 2,400 jobs at peak construction.
The plastics factory project has gone through several stages since its initial planning more than 10 years ago, as construction had been stalled for several years. Corpus Christi Polymers bought the plant and in February 2019 it was planned to start construction later that year, with a target start-up date of May 2020. However, delays in the project and the onset of the pandemic truncated these plans. Construction finally resumed in 2022 with the intention of completing the project by 2025.
Sarens has been involved in the construction of the project by providing a wide range of advanced machinery to assist with the lifting of ultra-heavy loads.
When the plant comes into operation, projected for 2025, it will represent the largest PET/PTA vertically integrated facility in the world, producing between 1.1 million and 1.3 million metric tons of purified terephthalic acid, known as PTA, and polyethylene terephthalate, or PET.
These materials are present in many of the objects we wear or use in everyday life. PET, a form of polymer, is used in part of the production process for plastic bottles or packaging for food and beverages. PTA, on the other hand, is used to make polyester fibers for clothing, sheets, curtains and bedspreads.
The use of the latest technologies in the industry, present in the plant, will allow innovation in the processes, achieving products with key technical advantages over packaging materials from other factories in areas such as durability, heat resistance and 100% recyclability. The plant will also produce its own industrial water through desalination, minimizing the impact on Corpus Christi's drinking water supply.