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Zachry Group to Build ExxonMobil Plastics Plant

An architect’s rendering of what the ExxonMobil steam cracker plant could look like in San Patricio County. The largest plant of its kind in the world, construction is expected to begin in late 2019. Courtesy illustration

Moving right along, ExxonMobil awarded a construction contract June 18 to begin building a $10 billion plastics plant near Gregory. Air quality permits were approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality last week. Zachry Group and partner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America Inc. were named builders for the steam cracker plant that will produce ethylenes, key ingredients in plastic products.

“The award represents not only our ability to execute a project of this scale on schedule and on budget but also that we are aligned with GCGV in our commitment to keep each person safe while doing so.” said Ralph Biediger, Projects Group president for Zachry Group, in a news release. GCGV, or Gulf Coast Growth Ventures, leads the project operation as a joint venture for ExxonMobil and Saudi Basic Industries Corp.

Construction should begin later this year with a completion date set for sometime in 2022. The facility will include a two-train polyethylene unit, an ethane steam cracker that will produce 1.8 million tons per annum, and a monoethylene glycol unit expected to produce 1.1 million tons per annum.

Zachry Group’s 20,000 employees work in more than 400 locations nationwide. It provides turnkey construction, engineering, maintenance, turnaround, and fabrication services in the power, energy, chemicals, manufacturing, and industrial sections.

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