Delivering the building blocks for innovation

Petrochemicals provide the building blocks for innovation, ongoing advancements in public health services, and social prosperity. Many things - from our computers and phones, the cars we drive and the roads we travel, the pipes that bring water to our homes, the clothes we wear, and the medical equipment we rely on - depend on the products delivered by our customers in the petrochemical industry.  

Petrochemical projects represent significant investments on the part of our customers and have an important role in the energy transition. These projects are becoming more complex by incorporating renewable power generation, electricity storage and charging, effluent and flue gas capture, carbon capture, and hydrogen generation. Through collaboration with our customers focused on decreasing carbon emissions, we are shaping the future of energy.

We help our customers create the facilities that produce finished polymers and other end-products such as ethylene, polyethylene, polypropylene, butylenes, polyester and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and polyvinyl chloride. We also assist with process design packages and technology through multiple licensors for polyethylene, polypropylene, the vinyl chain, and other products.

When developing petrochemicals, advanced fuels production (conventional & renewable), and gas processing facilities, we believe energy efficiency, carbon capture, hydrogen and circular economy solutions are critical to enable our customers to meet the world’s growing need for downstream products in a cleaner and more sustainable way.

When engaged early in the project lifecycle, Bechtel delivers optimized solutions to help our customers realize lower capital costs, shorter times-to-market, and projects with lower carbon emissions.

Oil to chemicals

As the industry works to develop natural resources sustainably, the use of crude oil to feed the production of durable plastics and petrochemicals will increase. Our customers rely on liquids cracking and emerging oil-to-chemicals technologies. These mega-projects incorporate renewable power generation, energy efficiency technologiesBechtel Energy Technologies & Solutions, carbon capture, and other processes that lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Bechtel helps our customers deliver these integrated projects using expertise from the front-end development through to commissioning and startup.

Building off our strong foundation of sustainability, we are deploying innovations and new technologies to decarbonize each phase of project delivery.

We also work with partners to engage community stakeholders, create upskilling programs, and use local talent and businesses to ensure our projects leave a lasting, positive impact in the community.

Carbon capture and emissions reduction

Carbon capture, storage, and use is one of the biggest challenges facing the energy industry today.

Our extensive experience in oil, gas, chemicals and power projects ensures we are at the forefront in the technologies employed to capture, transport, and utilize carbon dioxide. We are actively leveraging our knowledge and skills to develop scalable, economical, customer-oriented solutions to the carbon challenge.  

With 70 years of experience in the oil, gas, and chemical production and refining industry, we have proven expertise in acid gas treating and removal systems that use proprietary and generic amines, and physical solvents.

Bechtel has built more than 40 amine-based CO2/ H2S removal systems for liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants, gas processing plants and refineries. 

We also retrofit existing assets to make them greener. Whether that is implementing new technology that converts gas drives to electric drives that source renewable power, adding carbon capture systems or efficiency improvements to existing fossil fuel plants, or industrial-scale production of renewable fuel to minimize carbon emissions, our solutions will help to deliver on sustainability commitments.

How we help

  • Design new facilities with renewable power to reduce greenhouse gases
  • Develop solutions to improve the sustainability of existing facilities
  • Reduce carbon emissions by retrofitting existing plants with sustainable technology, such as converting steam drives to electric drives that source renewable power, adding carbon capture systems and bio-feed hydro-processing
  • Incorporate electricity storage systems
  • Deliver carbon capture facilities through plant design and construction.

Mitigating plastic waste

We support our customers as they begin to tackle plastic waste challenges that occur after commercial end-use. Many of our customers recently formed the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. The Alliance focuses on infrastructure development to collect and recycle plastics, the clean-up of waste already in the environment, and innovation to scale new technologies to improve the efficiency of reusing plastic waste.

Focus on innovation

Bechtel is committed to helping our customers stay at the forefront of the industry, through our:

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