A Texas TV station got a tour of the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures petrochemicals plant in San Patricio County, Texas, which could come on line by the end of this year.
"We're in the process of starting up our utilities," Plant Manager Paul Fritsch told station KHOU.
The $7 billion plant, a joint venture of Sabic and ExxonMobil, will include two production units for polyethylene resins, as well as a unit making monoethylene glycol feedstock and a massive ethane cracker with almost 4 billion pounds of annual capacity.
The companies first announced the GCGV project in 2018. When completed, it is expected to employ 600. About 4,500 construction workers are working at the site near Corpus Christi now to convert it from a cotton plantation to a cracker.
Fritsch said he expects the plant to begin starting up by the end of this year, which will be right on target with the original estimate that it would open in 2021 or 2022.