Exxon Mobil prepares to open ethane ‘cracker’ at Texas complex

Exxon Mobil Corp. is almost ready to start up its new ethane “cracker” plant at the company’s Baytown, Texas complex, reports the Houston Business Journal. The newspaper says the plant is mechanically complete, the commissioning process is under way, and production is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018. The cracker, which is part of Exxon Mobile's multibillion-dollar expansion at the Baytown complex, will increase the company's ethylene capacity by 1.5 million tons per year, according to the Business Journal. For more, read the full story.