ExxonMobil, Saudi company want to build ethane ‘cracker’ plant

The Houston Business Journal reports that ExxonMobil Chemical Co. and Saudi Basic Industries Corp. have formed a joint venture for their Gulf Coast Growth Ventures project that will include a 1.8 million-tonne ethane “cracker” plant in Portland, Texas. The newspaper says the move is a key milestone because it allows the companies to continue advancing the $10 billion project. The plant is expected to be operational around 2021 or 2022. For more, read the full story.

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