As part of the USGC project, ethane cracker with a capacity of 1.5 million metric tonnes per year will be built at the Cedar Bayou facility.

In addition, two 500,000 metric tonnes per year capacity polyethylene facilities will be constructed in Old Ocean of Texas, which also forms the part of USGC project.

A joint venture of JGC (USA) and Fluor Enterprises will support the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) phase of the ethane cracker project, while a partnership between Technip USA and Zachry Industrial, Gulf Coast Partners, will carry out EPC activities for the two new polyethylene facilities.

Chevron Phillips Chemical CEO Peter Cella said, "As we’ve carefully planned this project, we’ve leveraged our first mover advantage to attract the strongest workers from each of the contract companies working on the project and together we will be successful."

Image: Chevron Phillips Chemical breaks ground on its US Gulf Coast (USGC) petrochemicals project at the Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas. Photo: Courtesy of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP.