Chevron Phillips Chemical to construct 1-hexene plant

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP is planning to construct a 1-hexene plant at its Cedar Bayou chemical complex in Baytown, Texas, US.

As part of the construction, Chevron has signed an agreement with S&B Engineers and Constructors to engineer and build the plant using the company's proprietary on-purpose 1-hexene technology, which uses ethylene as feedstock to produce comonomer grade 1-hexene.

Capable of producing up to 250,000t per annum, the 1-hexene plant is scheduled to start construction in the first half of 2012 and is expected to begin operations during the first quarter of 2014.

1-hexene is used in the manufacture of polyethylene, a plastic resin commonly converted into film, pipe, detergent bottles, and food and beverage containers.

Chevron Phillips Chemical normal alpha olefins and polyalphaolefins general manager Mitch Eichelberger said approval of the 1-hexene project represents a significant milestone for the companys' business, and it supports its growth strategy as a leader in the production of normal alpha olefins.

Chevron said previously its 1-hexene technology was used at Q-Chem's facility in Mesaieed, Qatar, and will soon be used at the Saudi Polymers' plant in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

Q-Chem and Saudi Polymers are joint ventures of subsidiaries of Chevron Phillips Chemical.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, a subsidiary of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, produces olefins and polyolefins as well as suppling aromatics, alpha olefins, styrenics, specialty chemicals, plastic piping and polymer resins.