The ExxonMobil Chemical Company announced the start of construction on a new ethane cracker at its Baytown, Texas, facility. According to the company's press release, the cracker will have a capacity of 1.5 million tons per year, and provide ethylene feedstock for two new high performance polyethylene lines at ExxonMobil's Mont Belvieu plastics plant.
"The project is made possible in large part by abundant, affordable supplies of U.S. natural gas for energy and chemical feedstock," Steve Pryor, ExxonMobil Chemical Company's president was quoted in the release. "Shale development has provided U.S. chemical producers a double benefit as an energy source and as a key raw material to make plastics and other essential products, creating jobs and economic activity across the value chain."
The chemical industry and other industrial sectors account for nearly 30 percent of U.S. natural gas demand, and YourOilandGasNews.com projects the project will employ 10,000 construction workers and create 4,000 related jobs in Houston communities.
To increase the availability of skilled workers for the project, ExxonMobil announced that the company committed $1 million to a training program at Houston-area community colleges.
The expansion speaks to the country's growing demand for polyethylene products, and the confidence of the oil and gas industry that the recent spike in output will continue. ExxonMobil is predicting that as a result of the expansion, exports of polyethylene products will grow, and innovations in most sustainable packaging will result.
With such significant expansion of services, change management consulting should be sought to ensure that operations continue smoothly and without incident. At Xbig6, we provide leading-edge thinking for operational efficiencies tailored to the industry. Our extensive expertise in the energy industry allows us to provide skills training and the organization alignment necessary to ensure proper training of new professionals and that all employees subscribe to the overarching vision of the organization.