LyondellBasell to Build Plant in Houston

LyondellBasell said pre-market Friday it will construct a propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant in the Houston area in Texas, which is expected to cost about $2.4 billion and represents the company’s single-largest capital investment to date. At the peak of construction, the project which is billed as the world’s largest PO and TBA plant, is slated to employ up to 2,500 jobs with about 160 permanent positions when operational.

Once in operation, the facility will produce about 1 billion pounds of PO and 2.2 billion pounds of TBA annually. PO is used to manufacture bedding, furniture, carpeting, building materials and adhesives while TBA will be converted to two ether-based oxyfuels which are gasoline components that help gasoline burn cleaner and reduce emissions from vehicles, the company said.

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