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OxyChem MexiChem Ethylene Cracker

OxyChem’s Ingleside, Texas, complex has begun operations on schedule and on budget. The ethylene cracker is currently in a production stabilization phase. The cracker, which will be operated by OxyChem, has the capacity to produce 1.2 billion pounds (550,000 cubic meters) of ethylene per year and provide OxyChem with an ongoing source of ethylene for manufacturing vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), which Mexichem will use to produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC resin) and PVC piping systems. The companies have a 20-year supply agreement. Their ethylene cracker began operation Friday, February 24th 2017.