LyondellBasell will construct a high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant with an annual capacity of 1.1 billion pounds on the Gulf Coast.

According to the company, it will be the first commercial plant to employ LyondellBasell's proprietary Hyperzone PE technology, which is a cascade gas phase process. The project is expected to create up to 75 permanent positions and approximately 1,000 jobs at the peak of construction. Startup is scheduled for 2019.

HDPE is used in applications such as industrial packaging, pipe, bottles, containers, toys, film and plastic fuel tanks. Hyperzone PE properties include improved stress crack resistance and enhanced balance between stiffness and impact strength.