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Exxon begins production on 1st of 2 Mont Belvieu polyethylene lines

The first of Exxon Mobil Corp.'s two new 650,000-ton-per-year polyethylene lines at its Mont Belvieu, Texas plastics plant has commenced production, according to an Oct. 17 news release.

The full project will boost the plant’s polyethylene capacity by about 1.3 million tons per year, taking its total capacity to over 2.5 million tons per year and making it one of the largest polyethylene plants in the world.

The first polyethylene shipment will be exported from the Port of Houston late October, and at peak, the site is expected to ship more than 200 containers a day, the release said.

The Mont Belvieu facility expansion is part of Exxon's expansion project in the Baytown area and is also a component of the company's $20 billion Growing the Gulf program, which will consist of major chemical, refining, lubricant and LNG projects at new and existing facilities.

Exxon's Baytown area is the largest integrated petrochemical complex in the U.S. The facility, on about 3,400 acres along the Houston Ship Channel, includes a refinery, chemical plant, olefins plant, plastics plant and a global technology center.