LyondellBasell to open HDPE facility in Texas manufacturing complex


LyondellBasell is to build a new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) facility at its manufacturing complex in La Porte, Texas.

It will be the first commercial plant to use LyondellBasell's new Hyperzone PE technology, and have an annual production capacity of 1.1 billion pounds.

This project is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs at the peak of construction and around 75 full-time positions.

Construction of the plant is slated to start in early 2017 and will become operational in 2019.  

"This location is ideal for this facility because of the feedstock advantage we enjoy."

LyondellBasell CEO and chairman of the management board Bob Patel said: "This project represents the next generation of technology.

"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."

LyondellBasell's La Porte complex is located on the south shore of the Houston Ship Channel. It spans 540 acres and produces ethylene, propylene, linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE).

LLDPE, LDPE and HDPE are thermoplastics used in manufacturing of a wide variety of plastic products such as bottles, bags, containers, toys, food packaging, healthcare articles, automotive applications and industrial packaging.

The La Porte complex is the primary site for the company's Acetyls business with a chain of units producing methanol, acetic acid and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM). These products are used in household latex paint, adhesives, food packaging, wire and cable coatings and automotive safety glass.


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