March 20, 2019

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Chevron Phillips Mulls Expansion of 1-Hexene Production

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP is conducting a study that looks at the potential expansion of the firm’s 1-Hexane production capabilities with the opening of a new world-scale unit, the company announced Wednesday. 

If the project moves forward, the unit will manufacture comonomer grade 1-Hexene from ethylene. The liquid product is used to manufacture polyethylene. 

“As global demand for polyethylene continues to grow, this study demonstrates Chevron Phillips Chemical’s commitment to expand with customer demand and remain a leading supplier of 1-Hexene,” Dave Morgan, senior vice president of polymers and specialties, said in a statement. 

The potential investment will increase the firm’s output of normal alpha olefins (NAO), the company said in a press release, which are sold under the Alpha Plus brand. NAO produced by Chevron Phillips is used in polyethylene, plasticizers, synthetic motor oils, lubricants, automotive additives, surfactants, paper and a variety of other specialty products.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP operates two NAO production facilities and a 1-Hexene plant.

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