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Ineos to expand Texas petrochemical plant

July 10, 2019 / Marissa Luck for the Houston

Ineos Oxide, a subsidiary of London-based Ineos, will build a new 1.2 billion pound (about 520,000 metric tons) ethylene oxide unit and associated ethylene oxide derivatives unit at its Chocolate Bayou plant in Alvin, Texas south of Houston, the company recently announced. Ethylene oxide is used to make ethylene glycol, which is used to make polyester fiber for clothes, upholstery, carpet and pillows and the blending of automotive engine antifreeze. In March Ineos said it would doubled the size of the planned project to meet growing demand. The project would be operational sometime in 2023. There is more land close to the new units that will enable third parties to co-locate and use ethylene oxide by pipeline, the company said in a July 2 release. The company said the project “will reinforce on-site integration to the benefit of both the crackers and the derivative assets.” Ineos is rapidly growing the Chocolate Bayou facility, which already has two olefin crackers, two polypropylene...