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Engineering & Construction

Shale gas to feed huge U.S. chemical plant built by Japan's JGC

Texas ethylene facility ordered by Chevron Phillips and QatarEnergy

Japan's JGC built this ethylene production facility in North America in 2013. (Photo courtesy of JGC Holdings)

TOKYO -- Japanese engineering group JGC Holdings will build a massive plant in the U.S. to produce a key petrochemical from shale gas, Nikkei has learned, as high crude oil prices make production more cost effective.

JGC will partner with American construction company Kiewit to build the plant in Orange County in eastern Texas. It will be able to produce 2 million tonnes of ethylene a year, making it one of the largest such plants in the world. Construction is slated to finish around 2026.

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