Chevron Phillips Chemical cracker and PE projects gain environmental permits

14:50 PM | August 13, 2013 | Clay Boswell

Federal and state environmental authorities have granted Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) permission to proceed with the construction of an ethane cracker and two polyethylene (PE) units in Texas, the company said today.

“We now have the requisite permits in hand to initiate construction of the cracker and polyethylene units, and remain in the first-mover position, leading the way as the US petrochemical industry announces significant expansions of capacity as a result of shale resource development,” says Ron Corn, v.p./corporate planning and development at CPChem.

The ethane cracker and PE units recently received air permits from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, says CPChem. The cracker also received a greenhouse gas permit from the US Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year. If the company’s board grants the projects final approval later this year, the 1.5-million m.t./year cracker will be built at CPChem’s Cedar Bayou facility in Baytown, TX, and the two PE facilities, each with a capacity of 500,000 m.t./year, will be built on a site near CPChem’s Sweeny facility at Old Ocean, TX.

CPChem first announced in March 2011 that it would study the feasibility of a world-scale ethane cracker and derivatives facilities on the Texas Gulf Coast.