ExxonMobil Chemical has awarded a contract to Jacobs Engineering to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for its ethane cracker project and associated product facilities in Texas, US.
The scope of the contract comprises provision of site to enable works and interconnections services, including site preparation of 350 acres for the ethane cracker in Baytown, as well as 100 acres for the product facilities in Mont Belvieu.
Jacobs will also work to interconnect the two facilities by integrating an ethane steam cracker in Baytown and two new polyethylene lines in Mont Belvieu into ExxonMobil's existing facilities.
The project could require around 63,000ft and 43,000ft pipelines to integrate into the existing Baytown and Mont Belvieu facilities, according to Jacobs.
Jacobs Group vice president Mike Autrey said: "Our interface management and integration role is crucial to the success of this expansion project.
"We are excited to bring our execution skills and experience to support ExxonMobil in this important venture."
ExxonMobil started work on the ethane cracker project in June.
The steam cracker will produce 1.5 million tonnes of ethylene per year and provide ethylene feedstock for downstream chemical processing at the Mont Belvieu plastics plant where the company is installing two new polyethylene lines with a capacity of 650,000t per year.
The company contracted Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America to build the polyethylene plants.
It has also signed deals with Linde Engineering North America, Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding and Huertey Petrochem to build olefins recovery units and olefins furnaces.
The project will require 10,000 construction workers and create 4,000 local jobs, as well as 350 permanent roles when operations begin.
Image: ExxonMobil commenced work on the Texas ethane cracker project in June. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire / ExxonMobil Chemical Company.