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Baytown plant will be giant for plastic resin

April 06/2012

(downstreamtoday) -- Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. is adding to the petrochemical party. The Woodlands-based company on Monday announced it would build in Baytown the world's largest plant, by capacity, for making a key component of plastic resin: 1-hexene.

The plant, which Chevron Phillips will begin building this year, is scheduled to start operations in the first quarter of 2014 and have an annual production capacity of 250,000 metric tons, or 551 million pounds, according to a company announcement.

The plant is the latest industry project aimed at taking advantage of newly tapped supplies of natural gas liquids that are expected to be abundant and cheap amid a boom in production from shale.

The chemical 1-hexene, derived from ethylene, is used to manufacture polyethylene, which in turn is commonly converted into film, pipe, detergent bottles, and food and beverage containers.

Ethylene itself is derived from ethane, for which production has grown substantially in the United States because of advances in drilling techniques that have tapped into large, cheap supplies of natural gas liquids.
Author:Anna Larionova
Category:General News
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