JGC and Fluor to build Baytown USGC Ethane cracker
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (ChevronPhillips) made the final investment decision (FID) to build its Cedar Bayou US Gulf Coast Petrochemical (USGC) project in Baytown, Texas, USA.
In following this decision ChevronPhillips selected the 50/50 joint venture of JGC Corporation from Japan and Fluor Enterprises Inc. from USA for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract of the ethane cracker package of the project.
In the race to take the best advantage of the competitive shale gas resources in USA, ChevronPhillips had been among the pioneers to announce in March 2011 its intention to expand its existing site in Cedar Bayou with an ethane cracker as a feeder of its US Gulf Coast Petrochemical project.
With 1.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) capacity, USGC will be the largest ethylene plant in the world.
– JGC will have the leading role for the engineering and procurement of the process units
– Fluor will handle the engineering and procurement of the offsites and utilities
Technip and Zachry won USGC Polyethylene Plants
As part of the US Gulf Coast Petrochemical complex, ChevronPhillips awarded two large polyethylene facilities to the partnership Gulf Coast Partners made of Technip from France and Zachry Industrial Inc. (Zachry) from Texas, USA.
For these production units, ChevronPhillips will use its proprietary Advanced Dual Loop bimodal technology in order to maximize the flexibility of the production along a large bandwidth of polymers.
In order to cover all the types of demands of the domestic market, ChevronPhillips is planning to produce:
– Bimodal polyethylene polymers
– High Density polyethylene
– Linear Low Density polyethylene
– Metallocene-based polymers
While Technip will provide ChevronPhillips with its Stone & Webster proprietary furnaces and process equipment, Zachry will share it 15 years experience in engineeering and services on the existing facilities of the Sweeny site.
On the Baytown ethane cracker awarded to JGC – Fluor, as well as in the Old Ocean Polyethylene plants allocated to Technip –Zachry, ChevronPhillips expect to start the execution work on early 2014 for first production to start in 2017.