Braskem built a new world-class polypropylene (PP) production line in North America, which is collocated next to the company’s existing production facilities in La Porte, Texas, U.S. Braskem committed approximately $750 million in investment capital towards the design and construction of the new facility.
The new production line has a production capacity of 450 kilotons (kt) per year, the equivalent to approximately 1 billion pounds. Construction took place on part of the approximate 200 acres of land at Braskem’s La Porte facility, which is located 26 miles from Houston. The new plant represents additional production capacity of homopolymers, random copolymers, impact copolymers, and reactor TPOs, building upon Braskem’s current polypropylene production plant in La Porte.
The construction of Braskem’s new production line has positively impacted economic activity in the region, employing approximately 1,000 development and construction workers to fully construct the facility. The company expects the new plant to bring an additional 50 full-time Braskem jobs to the La Porte community.
Construction began October 2017 with the final phase of construction completed in June 2020. The plant design was being developed directly in-line with Braskem’s commitment to sustainability and attention to eco-indicators such as emissions, water and energy efficiency, as well as recycling and waste reduction.