Total JV to Build 625,000 tn Polyethylene Plant in Texas

bayportA joint venture between French oil and gas firm Total S.A. and Novealis Holdings LLC, Bayport Polymers LLC, is investing in the construction of a new polyethylene plant at the company’s site in Bayport, TX that will feature an annual capacity of 625,000 tn, Total announced recently.

Novealis is a joint venture launched by Borealis AG and NOVA Chemicals. Slated to start up in 2021, the new facility will double the Bayport location’s current capacity to a total of 1.1 mt/yr, according to Total. Houston, TX-based McDermott was awarded a contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the new polyethylene plant.

“This project is in line with our strategy to develop petrochemicals at our major integrated complexes and leverage competitively priced feedstocks,” Bernard Pinatel, president of Refining and Chemicals at Total, said in the release. “It’s another step to strengthen our position in the United States, where we have more than 5000 employees and where we operate one of our six world largest integrated platforms in Port Arthur, TX.”

Bayport Polymers is also in the process of building a 1 million tn steam cracker at its Port Arthur complex, where ethane will be processed to supply the polyethylene production facilities. The new plant will feature Borstar technology, enabling the firm to produce a wider variety of products. “The power of this partnership between Total, Borealis, and NOVA Chemicals will enable us to become one of the largest players in the North America polyethylene market,” Bayport Polymers President Diane Chamberlain said in a statement: “The Borstar technology, which will be used for the first time in North America, will allow us to better serve our customers with an increased range of high-value-added products.”

Upon completion, the new facility in Bayport is expected to have a headcount of 1750 workers during peak periods.