US CP Chem to add furnace to Sweeny ethylene unit in Texas

03 June 2013 16:35  [Source: ICIS news]

US CP Chem to add furnace to Sweeny ethylene unit in TexasHOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem) announced on Monday that it is adding a 10th furnace to ethylene unit 33 at its Sweeny complex in Old Ocean, Texas.

The furnace will not add to the nameplate capacity at the facility but will allow CP Chem to maximise capacity utilisation if another furnace is off line for maintenance, spokesperson Melanie Samuelson said.

The furnace could result in a net increase of 200m lb/year (91,000 tonnes/year) of ethylene availability at the facility, which has a capacity of 4.1bn lb/year, CP Chem said.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) gave consent to begin construction, which is expected to begin within the next quarter. Start up is anticipated in 2014.

“This furnace addition will provide additional ethylene supply to meet the growing global demand to better serve our customers and provide additional supply prior to starting up our proposed US Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project in 2017,” said Dave Smith, olefins and natural gas liquids vice president at CP Chem.

The project is on track to build an ethane cracker at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas and two polyethylene (PE) units in Old Ocean.

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