Back to News

United States: Bayport Polymers to Double Polyethylene Capacity

Bayport Polymers Site

Photo: © Bayport Polymers LLC

Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals Take Final Investment Decision for New Unit

Paris/Vienna/Calgary/Bayport, September 25, 2018 — Bayport Polymers, LLC (“Bayport Polymers”) – a 50/50 joint venture owned by Total S.A. (“Total”) and Novealis Holdings LLC – a joint venture of Borealis AG (“Borealis”) and NOVA Chemicals Inc. (“NOVA Chemicals”) - – announces the final investment decision to build a 625,000-ton-per-year polyethylene unit at its production site in Bayport, Texas. 

The new unit will use Borstar® technology and more than double the site’s polyethylene capacity to 1.1 Mt/y with a start-up scheduled in 2021. The unit engineering, procurement and construction has been awarded to McDermott and is expected to employ 1,750 staff during peak activity.

Formed in May 2018, Bayport Polymers is currently building one-million-tons per year steam cracker in Port Arthur, Texas. This cracker will process ethane, which is abundantly available and competitively priced in the U.S. and will supply Bayport polyethylene units.

“The power of this partnership between Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals will enable us to become one of the largest players in the North American polyethylene market,” said Bayport Polymers President Diane Chamberlain. “The Borstar technology, which will be used for the first time in North America, will allow us to better serve our customers with an increased range of high-value-added products.”  

“The project is in line with our strategy to develop petrochemicals at our major integrated complexes and leverage competitively priced feedstocks,” said Bernard Pinatel, President Refining & Chemicals of Total. “It’s another step to strengthen our position in the United States, where we have more than 5,000 employees and where we operate one of our 6 world largest integrated platforms in Port Arthur, Texas.” 

“This final investment decision is a major milestone in the development of this exciting partnership, and a significant step in the global market presence of our unique Borstar technology,” explained Borealis Chief Executive Alfred Stern.

“Partnering with Total and Borealis and bringing Borstar technology to North America will allow us to better serve our customers throughout the Americas by delivering a broader slate of products that help make everyday life healthier, easier and safer,” stated NOVA Chemicals CEO, Todd Karran.

For further information please contact:

Bayport Polymers, LLC
Gary Cambre,
Communications, Bayport Polymers, LLC
Gary.cambre@bay-pol.com

Total 
Media Relations: +33 1 47 44 46 99 l presse@total.com l @TotalPress
Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962 l ir@total.com

NOVA Chemicals 
Media Relations: Jennifer Nanz, 
Corporate Communications Leader 
Jennifer.Nanz@Novachem.com

Investors Relations: 
Patty Masry, 
Financial Reporting & Investor Relations Manager 
Patty.Masry@Novachem.com

Borealis
Media Relations: 
Virginia Mesicek, 
External Communications Manager
virginia.mesicek@Borealisgroup.com

Bayport Polymers Site

Photo: © Bayport Polymers LLC

Downloads
Bayport Polymers Site Photo: © Bayport Polymers LLC
Media Contact
Group Media desk
Virginia Wieser, Lena Lehner
+43 1 22 400 899 (Vienna, Austria)
media@borealisgroup.com

Related News

News – 18/04/2024

Borealis and Borouge expand HVDC production capacity to meet the needs of the energy transition

Read more

Media Release – 09/04/2024

Borealis invests EUR 4.5 million in Porvoo steam cracker, enabling increased share of circular raw materials used in production

Read more

Media Release – 02/04/2024

Borealis further expands its advanced mechanical recycling capacity with closing the acquisition of Integra Plastics AD

Read more

Media Release – 28/03/2024

FDA clears Borealis’ Borcycle™ M recycled plastics for use in food-grade packaging

Read more

News – 27/03/2024

Update on the Kallo Case

Read more

Media Release – 26/03/2024

Borealis and AKVA group launch groundbreaking Polarcirkel™ workboat hull crafted from renewable feedstock-based plastic

Read more

News – 22/03/2024

Annual Report 2023 published

Read more

Media Release – 20/03/2024

Project STOP marks further major milestones in 2023 and makes significant progress in the Project STOP Banyuwangi Hijau expansion program

Read more

Media Release – 19/03/2024

Borealis once again ranked first among top applicants in the European Patent Index 2023 in Austria

Read more