MHIA builds 2-train polyethylene plant for ExxonMobil in US


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) has completed the construction of a large-scale two-train polyethylene plant in the US. 

The new plant has been built for ExxonMobil Chemical Company, an affiliate of Exxon Mobil that specialises in petrochemical products

Located near an existing plant operated by ExxonMobil in Mont Belvieu, Texas, the new plant will be able to produce 1.3 million tonnes of polyethylene per annum. 

The plant is also equipped to perform reaction processing, final finishing, packaging, and shipment.

MHI senior vice-president Yoichiro Ban said: "We are delighted that the plant has been completed smoothly, on schedule and with an excellent safety record."

"The new plant will be able to produce 1.3 million tonnes of polyethylene per annum."

Seperately, MHI is also building a large-scale polyethylene plant at ExxonMobil's petrochemical complex in Beaumont, Texas. 

This marks the third polyethylene plant project conducted by MHI Group for ExxonMobil, while the first polyethylene plant was installed at ExxonMobil's Singapore complex in 2011.

Currently, the US is experiencing a buoyant market for chemical plants, driven by expanding production of shale gas.

In April last year, MHIA relocated its headquarters from New York to Houston, where many chemical plant-related customers are concentrated.

In January, MHIA also established a new Oil & Gas Division to oversee business development in this field.