Home / NEWS / SABIC, ExxonMobil pick US Gulf Coast project site


SABIC, ExxonMobil pick US Gulf Coast project site

by Martin Menachery on Apr 20, 2017


Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan, vice chairman and CEO, SABIC.
Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan, vice chairman and CEO, SABIC.

ExxonMobil Chemical Company and SABIC announced the selection of a site in San Patricio County, Texas, for the potential development of a jointly owned petrochemical complex on the US Gulf Coast.

The proposed multibillion dollar investment would include a world-scale ethane steam cracker capable of producing 1.8 million tonnes of ethylene per year, which would feed a monoethylene glycol unit and two polyethylene units.

The proposed project, one of 11 ExxonMobil announced as part of its 10-year, US$20 billion ‘Growing the Gulf’ initiative, is expected to create thousands of jobs during the construction phase, as well as 600 new, full-time jobs and 3,500 indirect jobs during operations. It is also expected to generate more than US$22 billion in economic output during the construction phase and more than US$50 billion in economic output during the first six years of operations.

“This decision represents a significant milestone for both the local community and the state of Texas,” said Neil Chapman, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company. “We wish to thank local and state officials who have been instrumental in the site selection process, as well as everyone in the community who attended meetings to learn more about the project and provided us with constructive feedback. We will continue listening to local residents and businesses and look forward to continuing to work together,” added Chapman.

With site selection completed, ExxonMobil and SABIC will now apply for the necessary air and wastewater permits from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Each company will make a final decision on the investment after the required permits have been granted.

“We are focused on geographic diversification to supply new markets,” said SABIC vice chairman and CEO Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan. “The proposed venture would capture competitive feedstock, capitalise on the growing global demand for ethylene-based products, and reinforce SABIC’s strong position in the value chain,” added Al-Benyan.

“Texas has shown the business world that our state is the place where innovation and ingenuity thrive,” said Texas governor Greg Abbott. “This decision by SABIC and ExxonMobil is a tremendous win for not just San Patricio County, but for the entire state of Texas. This record-breaking project illustrates that our business climate is exactly what leading and growing companies are seeking when investing in their future,” concluded Abbott.


FEATURED COMMENT

Please click here to comment on this article

COMMENTS

Name *
Email *
City
Country
Subject: *
Comments: *


  • LATEST NEWS

NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIPTION
Email:
ArabianOilandGas Awards
LinkedIn
Utilities middle east
Construction Week Online Middle East
Hotelier Middle East
Arabian Supply Chain Middle East

RELATED ARTICLES


NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIPTION
Email:
Articles
Companies