Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP held its second groundbreaking ceremony for its two world-scale polyethylene units, in Old Ocean, Texas, that will each produce 500,000 metric tons of plastic resin every year.
The resin from the polyethylene units will be used for a variety of products, including new flexible packaging options that extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables, as well as in the creation of plastic piping, merchandise bags, and bottles. In addition to constructing the production facilities, 45 miles of rail-road track will be installed on-site to hold and transport the output of these units.
The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) phase of the two polyethylene units is being executed through Gulf Coast Partners, a partnership between Technip USA Inc. and Zachry Industrial.
“With the construction of this mega project, we will be in a position to better serve the growing needs of our customers around the globe. This entire project is made possible by advances in technology. First, through innovations within the E&P industry to unlock oil and gas trapped in shale rock. Second, by the research and brilliance within Chevron Phillips Chemical to develop high-performance polyethylene resins,” said Peter L. Cella, president and chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips Chemical.
“We want to thank our local community neighbours and government officials for their support over the years. We value the trust you have in us and will continue to do our best to maintain that trust by being a good neighbour and a positive force in the community,” said Cella.
The economic impact generated from this endeavour is significant; over 400 long-term direct jobs and 10,000 engineering, construction and fabrication jobs will be created as a result of the Chevron Phillips Chemical USGC Petrochemicals Project.
Photo: State and local officials joined Chevron Phillips Chemical Company for the groundbreaking of two new polyethylene units. Pictured from left to right: Texas State Representative Dennis Bonnen; Executive Vice President of Chevron Downstream & Chemicals Michael Wirth; Brazoria County Commissioner Larry Stanley; Chevron Phillips Chemical Sweeny Plant Manager Wayne McDowell; President & CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical Peter Cella; President of Phillips 66 Tim Taylor; representing U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s office: Rachel David; representing Congressman Randy Weber’s office: Dodie Armstrong. (Photo: Business Wire)
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