ExxonMobil has announced that construction of its new full-range Linear Alpha Olefins (LAO) production unit at the Baytown Chemical Plant in Baytown, Texas is underway. Strategically located on the U.S. Gulf Coast to take advantage of existing production, supply chain and logistics infrastructure, the unit will enable ExxonMobil to enter the LAO market with world-scale supply capability.
“We are excited to have already started engaging with new customers globally so that we can better understand their needs and support their business growth ambitions,” said Erik Lettink, VP Intermediates for ExxonMobil. “Our intention is to offer a reliable solution backed by our long tradition of renowned high standards and technical expertise.”
LAOs are made from natural gas and used in numerous applications, including: high-performing engine and industrial oils; surfactants; plastics and polymers for packaging; synthetic waxes; and, several other specialty chemicals. The new unit will produce about 350,000 tons of LAO a year and is expected to start-up in 2022.
ExxonMobil’s Baytown facility is the largest integrated petrochemical complex in the U.S. and is one of the most technologically advanced refining and petrochemical complexes in the world. Founded in 1919, the complex is located on approximately 3,400 acres along the Houston Ship Channel, about 25 miles east of Houston. The facility includes a refinery, chemical plant, olefins plant, plastics plant and global technology center.
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