Total, Novealis expand Baystar's Pasadena petrochemical complex – Chron
Amount 600,000 bbl/day
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Location Port Arthur, Texas
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Location Galveston Bay
560,000 bbl/day
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Location Baytown.
539,000 bbl/day
Company Marathon Petroleum
Location Garyville, La.
502,000 bbl/day
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Location Baton Rouge, La.
428,000 bbl/day
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Location Lake Charles, La.
420,000 bbl/day
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Location Whiting, Ind.
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Company Exxon Mobil
Location Beaumont
A subsidiary of French oil major Total S.A. is pushing further into petrochemicals on the Gulf Coast as one its joint ventures with Novealis Holdings starts construction on a major new polyethylene plant in Pasadena.
Crews broke ground last week on 625,000 metric ton per a year polyethylene unit from Bayport Polymers LLC (also called Baystar). Baystar is a 50/50 joint venture with Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA and Novealis Holdings LLC; Novealis is co-owned by Borealis AG of Vienna and NOVA Chemicals of Calgary.
The project will create about 1,750 jobs at peak construction. The unit is expected to start up in 2021 using Baystar's new "Borstar" technology.
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"This new Borstar unit will more than double the site's capacity and allow Baystar to provide our North American customers with a greater range of high-value-added and resource-efficient products," said Baystar President Diane Chamberlain in a statement. "The Port Arthur cracker and the new Borstar unit are tangible evidence of the power of partnership between Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals."
Marissa Luck covers the energy industry for Houston Chronicle. Previously she worked at Austin Business Journal covering real estate in Austin, TX and The Daily News in Longview, Wash. where covered heavy industry, energy, labor, public ports, utilities and business on the Columbia River near Portland, Ore. Originally from Hawaii, she grew up near Seattle and studied international political economy at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

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