Baystar breaks ground on new Borstar PE unit in Texas
Baystar is the 50/50 joint venture owned by Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA and Novealis Holdings LLC, which is itself a joint venture co-owned by Nova Chemicals Corp. and Borealis AG.
Baystar Polymers LLC, the 50/50 joint venture owned by Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. (TPRI) and Novealis Holdings LLC – which is itself a joint venture co-owned by Calgary-based Nova Chemicals Corp. and Borealis AG – held its official groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new 625,000 metric ton-per-year Borstar polyethylene unit at its production site in Pasadena, Texas.
The anticipated start-up of the new PE unit is 2021.
The Borstar technology, which will be used in North America for the first time, will allow Baystar to produce enhanced PE products.
Baystar is also building a one-million-ton per year steam cracker in Port Arthur, Texas. The new cracker will process ethane and will supply feedstock for its existing 400,000-ton-per-year PE units as well as the new Borstar PE unit in Pasadena.
“This new Borstar unit will more than double the site’s capacity and allow Baystar to provide our North American customers with a greater range of high-value-added and resource-efficient products,” Baystar president Diane Chamberlain said in a statement. “The Port Arthur cracker and the new Borstar unit are tangible evidence of the power of partnership between Total, Borealis and Nova Chemicals.”