LyondellBasell Extends Chocolate Bayou Polymers Production

June 23, 2009

HOUSTON, June 23, 2009 – LyondellBasell today announced that production of high density polyethylene (HDPE) at its Chocolate Bayou plant near Alvin, Texas will continue up to Sept. 30, 2009.  The company had previously announced that production would cease by July 31.

Extending operations of Chocolate Bayou by up to two months will provide additional time for LyondellBasell to transition customers to other manufacturing plants. 

The Chocolate Bayou plant has a nameplate capacity of 480 million pounds per year of HDPE.  LyondellBasell has closed multiple manufacturing operations and offices worldwide as part of a global program to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.

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LyondellBasell Industries is one of the world’s largest polymers, petrochemicals and fuels companies. We are the global leader in polyolefins technology, production and marketing; a pioneer in propylene oxide and derivatives; and a significant producer of fuels and refined products, including biofuels. Through research and development, LyondellBasell develops innovative materials and technologies that deliver exceptional customer value and products that improve quality of life for people around the world. Headquartered in The Netherlands, LyondellBasell ( is privately owned by Access Industries.

Source: LyondellBasell Industries

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