New $1.7 billion project at Port Arthur refinery to create more jobs

The Total Refinery in Port Arthur hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a $1.7 billion Ethane Steam Cracker. The project is designed to produce more ethane from natural gasses.

"I think this event is a strong symbol of the confidence that Total Borealis and Nova have in this site, its organization and its personnel," said Bryan Canfield, the plant's general manager.

He says the project will create more jobs and have a positive impact on the community.

The project is expected to produce about 1,500 jobs in the development stage and 60 permanent jobs once the worker unit goes on line.

"We do see this as a great opportunity to the community," Canfield said.

Construction is expected to begin in 2020.

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