Bechtel-Linde Consortium to Build Large-Scale Ethylene Plant at Baytown Complex

   Bechtel-Linde Consortium to Build Large-Scale Ethylene Plant at Baytown

Companies Bring Unmatched Experience to ExxonMobil Project

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, June 27, 2014

HOUSTON, June 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Bechtel and Linde have been awarded a
contract to design and build an ethylene plant in Texas for ExxonMobil. The
plant will be built just east of Houston at the ExxonMobil Baytown Complex,
one of the largest and most technologically advanced petroleum and
petrochemical complexes in the world. At a capacity of 1.55 million tons of
ethylene per year, the new facility will be one of the world's largest
ethylene plants. Construction will begin immediately, with design and
procurement of key equipment already under way.

"This is an important project that will create thousands of jobs during
construction and hundreds of permanent jobs during operations," said Brendan
Bechtel, president of Bechtel's Oil, Gas & Chemicals business unit. "In
addition, our program will include extensive training for personnel building
the plant and operating new equipment. We look forward to working with Linde
to safely deliver this world-class ethylene facility to ExxonMobil."

"This project marks a major step for Linde Engineering in the North American
market," said Dr Samir Serhan, managing director of the Linde Engineering
Division. "Along with a proven track record of successfully executing large
EPC projects together in the past, the combination of Linde's leading ethylene
technology and Bechtel's extensive construction experience provides a
world-class team to deliver a safe and reliable ethylene plant to ExxonMobil."

Linde is responsible for engineering, procurement and services during
pre-commissioning and commissioning of the new facility. Bechtel is
responsible for the construction of the facility and related procurement.

In 2011, Bechtel and Linde formed an alliance focused on providing North
American customers a competitive design-and-build approach to ethylene cracker
facilities. The alliance builds on the companies' previous work together
building a world-scale petrochemicals complex in the United Arab Emirates,
successfully completed on schedule in 2002.

Bechtel has been executing complex petrochemical projects for more than 60
years, using traditional feedstock processes as well as nontraditional
processes for producing chemicals from natural gas and coal. Signature
Bechtel-built petrochemical projects include Borouge Petrochemical Complex in
Abu Dhabi, CSPC Nanhai in China, and LP-7 in Canada.

Since building the world's first olefin plant over 80 years ago, Linde has
continued to incorporate the latest improvements and innovations into the
design of each new plant. More than 40 large-scale ethylene plants based on
liquid and/or gaseous feedstock with an aggregate capacity of more than 18
million tons of ethylene have been built with Linde technology.

About Bechtel:

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and
construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the
job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates
through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure;
power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil,
gas, and chemicals; and government services. Since its founding in 1898,
Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven
continents. Today, our 53,000 employees team with customers, partners, and
suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.

About Linde:

In the 2013 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 16.655
bn, making it the largest gases and engineering company in the world with
approximately 63,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide.
The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth
and focuses on the expansion of its international business with
forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its
shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in
every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The
company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of
customer value and sustainable development.

For more information, see The Linde Group online at

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