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LyondellBasell begins construction of Hyperzone PE plant at La Porte complex

May 17/2017

MOSCOW (MRC) -- LyondellBasell has broken ground on the first commercial Hyperzone polyethylene (PE) plant at its La Porte, Texas complex, said the company on its website.

The plant will be capable of producing 500 metric tpy of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and will employ LyondellBasell's new proprietary Hyperzone PE technology that provides enhanced material performance. Startup of the plant is planned for 2019.

Hyperzone PE technology enables customers to produce cost-effective, light weight plastics that are strong, durable and widely recyclable. The new Hyperzone PE technology also enables the production of a broad spectrum of HDPE products in one single plant, whereas previous technologies require multiple plants.

The company plans to make the Hyperzone process technology available for licensing in the future. The technology took years to advance to commercialization and was a product of LyondellBasell's global research and development teams in Ferrara, Italy; Frankfurt, Germany; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Houston, Texas.

The company chose to build the new plant at its existing La Porte complex because of its proximity to price-advantaged US feedstocks and the transportation infrastructure needed to ship product to markets across the globe. The project will create up to 1,000 jobs at the peak of construction and 75 permanent positions.

The La Porte complex is one of LyondellBasell's largest manufacturing facilities, spanning approximately 550 acres. The complex has two docks on the Houston Ship Channel and truck and rail transportation capabilities. Once the Hyperzone PE plant is complete, the La Porte complex will more than double its annual PE capacity to 900 metric Mtpy. LyondellBasell produces a total of 3 metric MMtpy of HDPE, including its share of capacity through joint venture facilities. The company is a leading worldwide producer of all forms of PE with an annual capacity of 5 metric MMtpy.

The Hyperzone PE plant is part of LyondellBasell's plan for USD3 BЦUSD5 B of investments along the US Gulf Coast. The company recently completed work on ethylene expansion projects at its La Porte, Channelview and Corpus Christi sites in Texas. Additionally, development of a world-scale propylene oxide and tertiary butyl alcohol (PO/TBA) plant at the company's Channelview site is progressing, and a final PO/TBA investment decision is expected in the second half of 2017.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PE, HDPE, gas processing, LyondellBasell, USA.
Category:General News
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