CPChem to build 1-hexene plant in Texas on rising demand

08 October 2010 20:43  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) will build a 1-hexene plant at its Cedar Bayou complex at Baytown, Texas, amid growing demand from global polyethylene (PE) producers, the company said on Friday.

The plant would have a production capacity in excess of 200,000 tonnes/year and was expected to start up during the first quarter of 2014, according to CPChem.

CPChem declined to comment on the costs of the plant, noting that the project had received approval to begin engineering design work and to develop engineering, procurement and construction deliverables.

“This plant will meet the growing demand for 1-hexene comonomers by polyethylene producers around the world,” said Dennis Holtermann, general manager of normal alpha olefins and polyalphaolefins for CPChem.

The 1-hexene unit’s placement in the Cedar Bayou complex will allow it to realise advantages in infrastructure, feedstock availability and operational knowledge, the company said.

The plant will use CPChem’s proprietary selective 1-hexene technology, which produces comonomer grade 1-hexene from ethylene, the company said.

From there, 1-hexene can be used as a critical component in the manufacture of PE, CPChem said.

Hexene copolymers offer higher film strengh than butene copolymers

The company’s proprietary technology is used at Qater Chemical Company’s (Q-Chem) facility in Mesaieed, Qatar, and will also be utilised at the Saudi Polymers Company plant in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia, scheduled to start up in 2011.

Both of those facilities are CPChem joint ventures.

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By: Ben DuBose
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