Air Liquide has expanded its utilities supply agreement with LyondellBasell for its new propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) project in the Houston area.

The agreement comes in addition to the long-term contact already signed in April (2018) with LyondellBasell to supply oxygen for the project, which will be the world’s largest PO/TBA plant.

Air Liquide signs long-term contract with LyondellBasell

The PO/TBA project is comprised of facilities in two sites, with the PO/TBA plant to be located in the LyondellBasell Channelview Complex in Channelview, Texas; and the associated ethers unit in the company’s Bayport Complex in Pasadena, Texas.

With the newly expanded long-term utilities agreement, Air Liquide will supply steam, electricity, treated water and nitrogen to the PO/TBA project’s ethers unit.

“Air Liquide and LyondellBasell have a long and complementary history in the Gulf Coast region of the US,” said Susan Ellerbusch, CEO of Air Liquide USA LLC.

“We appreciate their continued trust and recognition of Air Liquide’s customer focus and commitment to safe, reliable and sustainable solutions to help them realise the fullest potential of their new world scale investments,” Ellerbusch continued.

LyondellBasell announced its decision to build the world’s largest PO/TBA plant back in July (2017). The project is designed to meet rising global demand for both urethanes and cleaner-burning oxyfuels.

Start-up of the plant is expected in 2021.

PO/TBA plant

Source: Air Liquide