A polyethylene unit was designed by Bayport Polymers at its production site in Pasadena, Texas, U.S., according to a report published on March 1, 2019.
The new production site has a capacity of 625,000 tons per year and it will be one of the first systems to be equipped with Borstar technology in North America. This project is expected to create around 1,750 job opportunities during the major engineering and construction period. The operations at the polyethylene unit is scheduled to start by 2021.
A steam cracker with capacity of one-million-ton per year is also being built by the company in Port Arthur. Ethane will be processed in this site and feedstock will be supplied to both the Pasadena unit and its existing 400,000 ton per year polyethylene sites. The president of the company said that the new unit will aid in providing North American customers of the company with a greater range of high-value-added and resource-efficient products. The partnership between Total, Borealis, and NOVA Chemicals led to the development of the Port Arthur cracker and the new Borstar unit.
Christophe Gerondeau, Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA president and CEO said, â€œWith the ethane cracker project in Port Arthur now well underway, it is exciting to be here today with our partners Borealis and NOVA Chemicals to start the construction of the polyethylene unit here at Baystar. These two projects are a perfect example of Totalâ€™s strategy to expand in petrochemicals where we can leverage cost-advantaged feedstock and capitalize on our integrated platforms.â€
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