ExxonMobil announces new unit at Beaumont polyethylene plant
“The availability of vast new supplies of U.S. shale gas and associated liquids for feedstock and energy is a significant advantage that enables expansion to meet strong global demand growth in polyethylene,” ExxonMobil Plastics and Resins Vice President Cindy Shulman said.
The increased capacity of the plant, which will translate to an additional 650,000 tons per year, will allow ExxonMobil to meet growing demand and to promote economic growth and create jobs in the area.
The company projects approximately 28,000 temporary jobs in construction and 1,200 permanent jobs in the Gulf Coast region as the company invests billion in refining and chemical facilities. ExxonMobil expects the new unit will begin operations in 2019, and construction has already begun.
“ExxonMobil is committed to continuing investments in its world-class, integrated facilities,” Shulman said. “We combine our state-of-the-art production expertise with a first-class technology organization, which enables us to offer innovative polyethylene products for applications such as flexible food packaging that increases product shelf life and safety.”