AFPM '14: ExxonMobil hopeful of getting final permit for US cracker

30 March 2014 22:41  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--ExxonMobil is hopeful that it will secure the fourth and final permit for its proposed 1.5m tonne/year cracker that it plans to build in Baytown, Texas, an executive said on Sunday.

ExxonMobil announced the ethane cracker in 2012. At the time, it expected it to start up in 2016.

It will feed two new 650,000 tonne/yearpolyethylene (PE) lines.

So far, ExxonMobil has received three of the four permits it needs for the cracker, said Lynne Lachenmyer, senior vice president at ExxonMobil Chemical. She made her comments on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

The final permit is a greenhouse gas permit, she said.

However, ExxonMobil's permit application is facing opposition from the Sierra Club and Air Alliance Houston, two environmental groups.

ExxonMobil does not have a definite timeline when the company could receive the last permit, Lachenmyer said. However, once the last permit is approved, ExxonMobil has 10,000 workers ready to start work.

Hosted by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), the IPC runs through Tuesday.

By: Al Greenwood
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