RIYADH: ExxonMobil and Sabic have announced the successful startup of Gulf Coast Growth Ventures world-scale manufacturing facility in San Patricio County, Texas.
The new facility will produce materials used in packaging, agricultural film, construction materials, clothing, and automotive coolants. The operation includes a 1.8 million tonnes per year ethane steam cracker, two polyethylene units capable of producing up to 1.3 million tonnes per year, and a monoethylene glycol unit with a capacity of 1.1m tonnes per year.
“We built this state-of-the-art chemical plant ahead of schedule and below budget, by leveraging our global projects expertise in execution planning and delivery, while keeping everyone safe and healthy,” said Karen McKee, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company. “This is a remarkable achievement that positions us well to help meet growing global demand for performance products while providing meaningful investment in the US Gulf Coast.
“This is a very proud moment for the parent companies,” said Abdulrahman Al Fageeh, Sabic’s executive vice president of petrochemicals. “It was with a great deal of dedication that our teams were able to safely start up each element of the plant before the close of 2021. As we begin this next chapter for GCGV, we look forward to continuing our role as a good neighbour in the Coastal Bend.”