Yokogawa Electric Corporation has been selected as the main automation contractor for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP’s USGC Petrochemicals Project.

The project will include a 1.5 million metric tons/year (3.3 billion pounds/year) ethane cracker and two new polyethylene facilities, each with an annual capacity of 500,000 metric tons (1.1 billion pounds).

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The ethane cracker will be built at Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas, and two polyethylene units will be built at a site in Old Ocean, Texas near Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Sweeny plant.

The USGC Petrochemicals Project is expected to commence construction in early 2014 and create approximately 400 long-term direct jobs and 10,000 engineering and construction jobs.

“We are proud to be part of one of the first grassroots ethylene and polyethylene plants to be built in the U.S. in a very long time,” says Chet Mroz, president and CEO of Yokogawa Corporation of America.