AFPM ’13: CP Chem normal alpha olefins expansion awaiting permit

25 March 2013 16:49  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem) is awaiting permit approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for its proposed expansion of its normal alpha olefins (NAO) capacity at its Baytown, Texas, facility, a company executive said on Monday.

CP Chem is targeting at least a 20% increase in its NAO production at its Cedar Bayou Chemical Complex, said Mitch Eichelberger, general manager of NAO and polyalphaolefins for the company.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC), hosted by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).

The project pairs with Chevron Phillips’ current construction of an on-purpose 1-hexene plant capable of producing up to 250,000 tonnes/year at the Cedar Bayou site.

Construction of the NAO expansion would begin in 2014, with completion set for 2015, Eichelberger said.

Eichelberger is hopeful that the expansion will result in much more than the planned 20% capacity improvement.

“Although it’s a study, we’re planning for success,” Eichelberger said.

The IPC continues through Tuesday.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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