Chevron Phillips Chemical breaks ground on planned Cedar Bayou cracker

19:59 PM | April 3, 2014 | Clay Boswell

Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) has broken ground on its US Gulf Coast (USGC) Petrochemicals Project at the Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, TX. The USGC project, slated for completion in 2017, will comprise a 1.5-million m.t./year ethane cracker at the Cedar Bayou facility and two 500,000-m.t./year polyethylene facilities at Old Ocean, TX.

The $6-billion project will boost CPChem’s global ethylene and PE capacity by roughly 40%, says Peter L. Cella, president and CEO of CPChem. Cella spoke at a groundbreaking ceremony on 2 April. “As we’ve carefully planned this project, we’ve leveraged our first mover advantage to attract the strongest workers from each of the contract companies working on the project and together we will be successful,” he says.

In November 2013, the company completed a study for a normal alpha-olefin (NAO) capacity expansion at its Cedar Bayou complex, at Baytown, TX, and received approval for detailed engineering, design, and procurement of long-lead equipment. The project would increase NAO capacity by 20% and come online in the second quarter of 2015.