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ExxonMobil and SABIC’s GCGV Complex Due to Start by the end of 2021

ExxonMobil and SABIC’s joint venture project named the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures complex is currently going through its commissioning phase for a planned startup in the final quarter of 2021, according to the plant’s manager, Paul Fritsch. The $7.3 billion dollar project has been working to reach this updated pace throughout much of the year, after having been previously expected in 2023.

The GCGV petrochemical complex is highlighted by what will be the world’s second largest ethane cracker with a 1.8 MMtpy capacity and what will be largest monoethylene glycol unit in the world with a capacity of 1.1 MMtpy. This facility will also feature twin polyethylene units with each unit designed for a capacity of 650,000 tpy apiece, with all units for the complex located on a stretch of land in Patricio County near Corpus Christi, Texas.

Even as some other major petrochemical projects saw their progress delayed during the pandemic driven safety procedures, this project maintained and even increased its construction speed due to its module construction methods, which required fewer physical contractors onsite as separate pieces were constructed at other sites and then sent to the GCGV site for installation.  This modular method allowed for nearly half as many contractors onsite than a non-modular plan would typically require.


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