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June 13, 2014

Chevron Phillips starts up new hexene plant

Mary Page Bailey

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.cpchem.com) has announced the successful commissioning and startup of the world’s largest on-purpose 1-hexene plant. With worldwide supply capabilities, the 1-hexene unit is capable of producing 250,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) and will enjoy significant advantages in infrastructure, feedstock availability and operational knowledge by its placement in the existing Cedar Bayou Chemical Complex in Baytown, Tex.
 
The new plant is the third plant to utilize Chevron Phillips Chemical’s proprietary selective on-purpose 1-hexene technology, which produces comonomer grade 1-hexene from ethylene with exceptional product purity. 1-hexene is a critical component used in the manufacture of polyethylene, a plastic resin commonly converted into film, plastic pipe, detergent bottles, and food and beverage containers.
 
The technology is already successfully used at Qatar Chemical Co.’s (Q-Chem) facility in Mesaieed, Qatar, and at the Saudi Polymers Company plant in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Both of these facilities are joint ventures of wholly owned subsidiaries of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC.

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