LyondellBasell Glass Distillation Lab at San Jacinto College CPET

After years of planning, design and construction, the new LyondellBasell Glass Distillation Lab is complete. The lab, located in the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology (CPET) at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, is a scaled model distillation plant. The glass lab shows the chemical and physical processes that take place within a chemical plant. It is designed to be a hands-on training tool for the next generation of operators, teaching process technology and instrumentation.  

The lab was exclusively designed and built by a team of LyondellBasell employees. Approximately 14,000 hours were dedicated to constructing the lab over the course of two years. 

"The LyondellBasell Glass Distillation Lab is an innovative educational tool which gives our future workforce hands-on experience before they step foot on a manufacturing site," said Michael VanDerSnick, senior vice president of Americas Manufacturing for LyondellBasell. "LyondellBasell is proud to provide San Jacinto College students with a one-of-a-kind experience with its custom-built Glass Distillation Lab. It is the most realistic training experience you can have without actually being in a plant. Helping the next generation understand what options exist in the petrochemical industry is important - and the required skillsets continue to morph as technology advances." 

LyondellBasell remains committed to advancing tomorrow’s workforce. This project was made possible through our unique partnership with San Jacinto College.