LyondellBasell to Build World Scale PO/TBA Plant on U.S. Gulf Coast

HOUSTON and LONDON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) announced today plans to build a world scale PO/TBA plant on the U.S. Gulf Coast with an annual capacity of 900 million pounds of propylene oxide (PO) and 2 billion pounds of tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) and its derivatives.  The preliminary timetable is to have the plant operational in 2019.  The project is expected to generate up to 1,200 construction jobs at its peak.

The plant is expected to sell PO in the global marketplace to meet growing demand for polyurethanes, which are used primarily for the manufacture of bedding, furniture, carpets and car seats. TBA and its derivatives will be sold to meet the need for high octane gasoline blending components as well as for use in manufacturing synthetic rubber and lubricant additives.

"While we have not finalized the exact location of the plant, the abundant natural gas liquids associated with shale gas make the U.S. Gulf Coast an advantaged feedstock region," said Pat Quarles, LyondellBasell Senior Vice President of Intermediates and Derivatives. "This project combines our leading proprietary PO/TBA technology with low cost feedstock and demonstrates our continued commitment to capturing maximum advantage of market opportunities."

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LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies.  The company manufactures products at 55 sites in 18 countries.  LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels.  More information about LyondellBasell can be found at www.lyb.com.

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