ExxonMobil will further expand its ethane cracking plant at Baytown facility

The Baytown refinery area (courtesy of the Center for Land Use Interpretation)

The Baytown refinery area (courtesy of the Center for Land Use Interpretation)

In a press release by the same company, ExxonMobil stated that operations have commenced at its new 1.5 million ton-per-year ethane cracker at the company’s integrated Baytown chemical and refining complex.
The new cracker, part of ExxonMobil’s Growing the Gulf initiative, will provide ethylene feedstock to new performance polyethylene lines at the company’s Mont Belvieu plastics plant, which began production in the fall of 2017. The Mont Belvieu plant is one of the largest polyethylene plants in the world, with manufacturing capacity of about 1.3 million tons per year.
Together, the Baytown ethane cracker and Mont Belvieu plant represent ExxonMobil’s largest chemical investment in the U.S. to date.