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Chevron Phillips to Expand Propylene Business with New C3 Unit in Texas
December 15, 2021

Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem) said today it plans to expand its propylene business with a final investment decision for a new C3 splitter unit to be located at its Cedar Bayou facility in Baytown, Texas.

Construction of the 1 billion lbs/year unit will commence in January 2022, with a target start in 2023. The C3 splitter will convert a refinery grade mixture of Propylene and Propane into a high purity Propylene product to be used as feedstock for Polypropylene, Propylene Oxide and Acrylonitrile. CP Chem has chosen S&B Engineers and Constructors to engineer, procure and build the project. At its peak, the project anticipates supporting 350-plus new construction jobs.

"With global propylene demand on the rise, this project reinforces Chevron Phillips Chemical's commitment to expand to meet our customers' needs and remain a leading propylene supplier," said CP Chem's Senior Vice President of Petrochemicals, Justine Smith.

The company added that the new unit will provide additional flexibility and production to meet anticipated demand from the company's growing customer base, while establishing room for future growth.

CP Chem currently operates C3 splitter units at its Cedar Bayou, Port Arthur and Sweeny, Clemens and Old Ocean facilities in Texas.

By Brian Balboa for The Plastics Exchange.

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