The Port Arthur Refinery was built in 1936 and acquired in 1973. In the heart of the major industrial zone of Port Arthur, Texas, the refinery employs more than 600 people. As one of TotalEnergies Group's six refining and petrochemicals platforms worldwide, the Port Arthur Refinery has a daily processing capacity of 200,000 barrels per day and is our largest facility in the United States. The refinery can process heavy crude oil as well as lighter domestic crudes. It also has a dedicated unit to produce low-sulfur fuels, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We own a steam cracker in a joint venture with BASF that can transform a wide range of feedstocks such as ethane, propane, butane and naphtha into ethylene, propylene, butadiene and other chemical raw materials.
Petrochemicals are the linchpin of our U.S. business strategy. Since 2018, Total Petrochemical & Refining USA, Inc. has been in a 50-50 joint venture (Baystar™) with Borealis that includes the construction of a 1 million-ton-per-year ethane cracker project in Port Arthur and a new 625,000 ton-per-year Borstar® polyethylene unit in Bayport, Texas. The combined $3-billion projects are expected to create 3,250 jobs at peak construction.