Energy & Environment

Chevron Phillips Breaks Ground For $6 Billion Gulf Coast Expansion

The chemical plant construction project will employ 10,000 workers over three years.


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Chevron Phillips plant in Baytown
Chevron Phillips plant in Baytown [Photo by: Dave Fehling]

Chevron Phillips Chemical is breaking ground this morning on a $6 billion expansion of its facilities along the Texas Gulf Coast. It’s one of the first construction projects of its kind in the U.S. in more than ten years. 

The ceremony at the Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown marks the start of construction of Chevron Phillips’ new ethane cracker. The company will also build two new facilities in Old Ocean.

Peter Cella is president and CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical.

“The construction workforce will total about 10,000 workers over the course of the three-year construction period, and once everything is complete and we’re up and running, we have about 400 permanent long-term jobs to operate and maintain both asset bases.”  

On an annual basis, the Cedar Bayou cracker will be able to produce 1.5 million metric tons of ethylene, a chemical building block for everything from plastics to adhesives. The new Sweeny facilities will be able to turn out roughly 1 million tons of polyethylene each year, for use in plastic packaging.


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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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