Jacobs Wins ExxonMobil New Texas Cracker Contract

By on August 13, 2014
ExxonMobil's multi-billion dollar Baytown construction project. Courtesy of ExxonMobil.

Site work and interconnections for projects at Bayview, Mont Belvieu

Jacobs Engineering Group will provide engineering, procurement and construction services as part of a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker project in ExxonMobil’s Baytown, Texas complex and associated premium product facilities in Mont Belvieu, Texas.

The project includes a new 1.5-million-ton-per-year ethane cracker at Baytown and two new polyethylene lines in Mont Belvieu with a combined capacity of 650,000 tons per year. Around 10,000 construction workers will be hired for the job, according to the oil & gas company.

ExxonMobil received approval to proceed with the project in June of this year and is a direct result of the U.S. shale gas boom.

“The project is made possible in large part by abundant, affordable supplies of U.S. natural gas for energy and chemical feedstock,” Steve Pryor, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company, said in a statement.

Jacobs is providing site enabling works and interconnections services for the two sites, the California-based company said. It will prepare 350 acres for the ethane cracker in Baytown and 100 acres for the Mont Belvieu site. Jacobs will connect the two sites with 63,000 feet of pipe at Baytown and 43,000 feet of pipes at Mont Belvieu.

Other companies involved in the project include Linde Engineering North America and Bechtel Oil, Gas, and Chemicals that will build olefins recovery units at Baytown Olefins Plant, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding and Huertey Petrochem to construct the new olefins furnaces and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries that will build the polyethylene lines at Mont Belvieu. Production will start in 2017.