La Porte wins LyondellBasell’s new plastics plant. 1,000 construction jobs ahead

HOUSTON — LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, has selected its La Porte, Texas, manufacturing complex as the site for its new High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastics plant.

The facility will be the first commercial operation to employ LyondellBasell’s new proprietary Hyperzone PE technology and will have an annual capacity of 1.1 billion pounds (500,000 metric tons).

The project is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs at the peak of construction and as many as 75 full time positions. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2017 with start-up planned for 2019.  For career info, click here.

PHOTO: The current La Porte Complex is located on the Houston Ship Channel near the San Jacinto Monument. The site occupies approximately 550 acres and produces ethylene, propylene, linear low-density polyethylene and low-density polyethylene, as well as acetyls which are used to produce acetic acid and vinylacetate monomer (VAM). Photo provided.

“This project represents the next generation of technology,” said Bob Patel, LyondellBasell CEO and Chairman of the Management Board. “This location is ideal for this facility because of the feedstock advantage we enjoy, the ability to ship product around the world and, most importantly, the outstanding workforce that the Gulf Coast has to offer.”

Located on the south shore of the Houston Ship Channel, LyondellBasell’s La Porte complex spans 540 acres and produces ethylene, propylene, Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) and Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE). LLDPE, LDPE and HDPE are thermoplastics used to manufacture a wide variety of plastic products used in everyday life such as bottles, bags, containers, toys, food packaging, healthcare articles, automotive applications and industrial packaging. The La Porte complex is also the primary location for LyondellBasell’s Acetyls business with an integrated chain of manufacturing units producing methanol, acetic acid and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM). VAM is used in household latex paint, adhesives, food packaging, wire and cable coatings and automotive safety glass.

The company says HDPE is one of the most versatile plastics because it is lightweight, yet very strong; impact resistant; weather resistant; it can be molded into almost any shape and is widely recyclable.

The Hyperzone PE project is part of LyondellBasell’s ongoing growth plan. Recently, the company completed work on ethylene expansion projects at the La Porte and Channelview sites in Texas. A third ethylene expansion project is currently underway in Corpus Christi, Texas. Additionally, development of a world scale propylene oxide and tertiary butyl alcohol (PO/TBA) plant at the company’s Channelview site is progressing.

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