Zachry Group, Mitsubishi wins contract to build a polyethylene plant near Corpus Christi

San Antonio-based construction company Zachry Group and Japanese-owned Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America have been awarded a contract to build part of a $ 10 billion plastics plant north of Corpus Christi.

Gulf Coast Growth Ventures, a joint venture between Exxon Mobil and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, recently received government regulatory approvals for the petrochemical plant. Zachry and Mitsubishi were selected to build two polyethylene production units on site.

Construction on the polyethylene units in the town of Gregory, San Patricio County is expected to begin later this year and be completed by 2022.

“We are pleased to be selected by GCGV to bring our expertise to the project,” said Ralph Biediger, President of the Zachry Group Projects Group, in a statement. “The award stands not only for our ability to carry out a project of this size on time and within budget, but also for the fact that we are guided by GCGV in our commitment to guaranteeing the safety of everyone.”

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The polyethylene units are part of the larger facility that will include the production of a $ 10 billion facility to manufacture other chemicals used in plastics.

Gulf Coast Growth Ventures estimates the project will create 6,000 construction jobs and then 600 high-paying, permanent jobs once the facility is operational.

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Citing environmental and safety concerns, neighbors and other opponents of the project are expected to file a motion asking the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to reconsider their permit decision.

It remains to be seen how the application and other legal steps by opponents will delay the start of construction.