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LyondellBasell to build PO/TBA plant in Channelview, TX, USA
Updated: 2015-12-11 09:05 Source: Gupta-Verlag share:

LyondellBasell announced that it is advancing plans to build the world's largest propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant in the Houston area. The company's complex located in Channelview, TX, USA, was selected as the site for the PO/TBA unit. The Bayport Choate site near Pasadena was selected for an ethers unit, which will produce oxy-fuels for high octane gasoline. A split facility design between the Channelview and Bayport sites will optimise the product balances between the sites and create additional synergies, says the company.

LyondellBasell first announced the PO/TBA project in August 2014. Annual production capacities are anticipated to be 1 billion lbs (~ 454 kt) of propylene oxide and 2 billion lbs (~ 907 kt) of tertiary butyl alcohol. The plant will sell PO in the global marketplace to meet growing demand for polyurethanes, while TBA and its derivatives, which include oxy-fuels, will be sold to meet the need for high octane gasoline blending components as well as for use in manufacturing synthetic rubber and lubricant additives, says LyondellBasell.

The company announced that it will soon begin front-end engineering design work and file environmental permit applications. This phase will also include funding to order long lead-time equipment. A final investment decision is expected to be made following completion of the engineering design work. The project is expected to create up to 2,500 construction jobs and approximately 100 permanent positions.

According to the company, the project is part of its previously announced USD 3 – 4 billion expansion effort that will take place on the U.S. Gulf Coast over the next five years. LyondellBasell has already completed work on ethylene expansion projects at the company's La Porte and Channelview sites in Texas. A third ethylene expansion project is currently underway in Corpus Christi.

“We are moving forward in a deliberate fashion to develop what could become the single largest capital investment in LyondellBasell's history,” said Chief Executive Officer Bob Patel. “We continue to believe that the combination of low-cost natural gas liquids available on the U.S. Gulf Coast, along with our leading proprietary PO/TBA technology, will allow this proposed project to capture maximum advantage of market opportunities.”

LyondellBasell is one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies and manufactures products at 56 sites in 19 countries.


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