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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) has received an order for supply of systems to support a large-scale polyethylene production train for ExxonMobil's Beaumont polyethylene plant in the US. Polyethylene is a chemical that is used in the production of plastic products such as construction films, grocery bags, and product packaging.
The new production train, slated to be completed in 2019, will produce 650,000 tonnes of polyethylene per year. Mitsubishi Heavy is currently building a polyethylene plant comprising of 2 units, each with the same scale of production capacity, at ExxonMobil’s Mont Belvieu, Texas facility, making this the third order following the completion in 2011 of a polyethylene plant in Singapore.
MHI will supply the reaction, finishing, and shipping equipment for the plant, as well as utility facilities for water, air and steam.
MHI has participated in the project throughout the various stages of ExxonMobil's planning. In addition, MHI has a proven track record fulfilling orders for large compressor turbines for ethylene and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) liquefaction plants for ExxonMobil.
“I feel very honoured to have received consecutive orders from ExxonMobil, the leader in the petrochemical industry. We will aim to deliver a high quality plant, placing the utmost importance on safety management, just as with our other projects in Texas and Singapore,” said Shunichi Miyanaga, president and CEO, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
The US market for chemical plants is highly active, owing to increasing production of shale gas. In April 2016, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America Inc (MHIA) moved its headquarters from New York to Houston, the home of major chemical plant customers. Going forward the company will undertake proactive sales activities in the increasingly vibrant US chemical plant market.