LyondellBasell to construct high-density polyethylene plant on US Gulf Coast


LyondellBasell has made the final investment decision to construct a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant on the US Gulf Coast.

This plant will have an annual production capacity of 500,000mt.

It will be the first commercial facility to use LyondellBasell's new proprietary Hyperzone PE technology. 

This project is estimated to create up to 1,000 jobs at the peak of construction and around 75 permanent positions.

"This new proprietary technology will have the capability to produce a wide range of HDPE products with enhanced properties."

Operations of the plant are expected to commence in 2019.

LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel said: “Innovation is key to our future success. This new proprietary technology will have the capability to produce a wide range of HDPE products with enhanced properties, many of which have the potential to exceed industry benchmarks.”

HDPE is used in several applications such as pipe, bottles, containers, toys, film, healthcare articles, plastic fuel tanks and industrial packaging. 

LyondellBasell's Hyperzone PE enhanced properties provide improved stress crack-resistance and enhance balance between stiffness and impact strength. 

The Hyperzone PE technology is a cascade gas phase process based on the firm's Multizone circulating reactor technology and was developed at its European research and development centres located in Frankfurt, Germany, and Ferrara, Italy. 

Patel added: "We are continuing to invest in growth-oriented projects like Hyperzone PE, where we see long term feedstock advantage.

"We believe that the combination of our latest polyolefins technology and new ethylene capacity from low-cost debottlenecks will provide a good return on investment. Additionally, this project enhances our ethylene integration strategy, allowing us to capture value across the ethylene value chain."

LyondellBasell currently produces 3.5 million metric tonnes of HDPE per annum.