LyondellBasell to build propylene oxide and tertiary butyl alcohol plant in Texas
July 25, 2017 – Dutch chemical firm LyondellBasell is set to proceed with the construction of propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant in Houston, Texas.
Estimated to cost approximately $2.4bn, the plant will produce an anticipated one billion pounds (470,000 metric tons) of PO and 2.2 billion pounds (1 million metric tons) of TBA per year.
“PO is used in the manufacture of bedding, furniture, carpeting, coatings, building materials and adhesives, while the TBA will be converted to two ether-based oxyfuels, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE),” LyondellBasell said in a statement.
The company said that the PO/TBA project will have a split facility design to optimise product balances and realise synergies between LyondellBasell sites.
The location for the PO/TBA plant is the LyondellBasell Channelview Complex located in Channelview, Texas; however the final site selection is contingent upon final approval of certain economic incentives by the state of Texas.
Currently, site preparation works are in progress and construction is expected to commence during the second half of 2018. The project is expected to be completed by mid-2021.
The project is anticipated to create up to 2,500 jobs during peak construction and about 160 permanent positions once operational.
LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel said: “This world-scale project is a key part of our organic growth strategy which is designed to meet rising global demand for both urethanes and cleaner-burning oxyfuels while creating real, long-term value for our shareholders.
“Our investment in this plant combines the best of both worlds: our leading PO/TBA process technology with proximity to low-cost feedstocks, which gives LyondellBasell a competitive advantage in the global marketplace for these products.”