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.  

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.

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 technologies, 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

Tackling the challenges of carbon intensity within petrochemical complexes is critical to the success of the industry. Bechtel is helping our customers lead the way to support commitments to carbon reduction, while also helping them to meet growing demand from global markets.

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:

Creating opportunity