ExxonMobil commissions new Baytown ethane cracker
Feb. 7, 2018 at 11:44 p.m.
Exxon Mobil Chemical Co. is commissioning its new ethane cracker in Baytown as part of a multibillion expansion that will dramatically boost its plastics production.
The cracker, capable of producing 1.5 million tons of ethylene per year, is expected to come online during the second quarter. It will supply the company's production of polyethylene, the world's most common plastic, at its recently expanded Mont Belvieu plant.
Exxon Mobil last year transformed that polyethylene facility into one of the largest in the world by adding two production lines that nearly doubled output. It now has the capacity to produce 2.5 million tons annually.
The project is part of industry push to boost plastics production along the Gulf Coast amid a local petrochemical boom driven by an abundance of inexpensive natural gas from West Texas.