Exxon Mobil, SABIC Have Sights Set on Corpus Christi for Multi-Billion Dollar Plant

FuelFix, January 5, 2017

Exxon Mobil and Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) have confirmed they are advancing plans to build a massive new petrochemical plant north of Corpus Christi, TX in San Patricio County. The multi-billion dollar plant would include the world’s largest ethane cracker, which turns a component of natural gas into ethylene, the primary building block of most plastics. The project also would include plastics manufacturing. 

San Patricio County is the preferred site,” said SABIC spokeswoman Susan LeBourdais. “However, the three other potential locations are still under consideration.” The companies also added, “The project is advancing study of the San Patricio site.” They have filed applications to proceed with the county and the Gregory-Portland Independent School District.

If the project moves forward, it would create as many as 11,000 temporary construction jobs and at least 600 permanent positions. The plant could come online as early as 2020 if construction begins this year.

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