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Chevron Phillips starts up new ethane cracker

HOUSTON, March 12, 2018 (PCW) -- Chevron Phillips has successfully introduced feedstock and commenced operations at the new Cedar Bayou ethane cracker, the company announced today.

The cracker has an ethylene capacity of 1.5 million mt/year (3.3 billion pounds/year), which will supply the two new PE units at Old Ocean, TX (650,000 mt/year or 1.43 billion pounds/year each) as well as n-alpha olefins units at the Cedar Bayou site.

Officials at Phillips 66, which owns part of the Chevron Phillips joint venture, previously said the cracker would ramp up to full commercial operations in the second quarter. -- David Barry

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