About This Site
The INEOS Phenol Cumene plant in Pasadena, Texas is located on the Houston Ship Channel. In 1978, Pasadena started Cumene production when Georgia Pacific commissioned a 320,000mta plant. In 1996, the Cumene plant was the first to convert to the Badger Zeolite Catalyst process. This increased the capacity of the plant to 680,000mta. Through increased knowledge of the plant and debottlenecking efforts, the plant capacity is now at 907,000mta, which makes it the largest stand alone Cumene plant in the world. Built in 1978 by Georgia Pacific, successive takeovers eventually ended in INEOS buying it out in 2015.
The Cumene is shipped by barge, ship and truck to destinations in the US and Europe. The Cumene produced at the facility is primarily used to make Phenol. Over 95% of the Cumene produced goes into the Phenol market, some of which is subsequently used as a fuel additive, while the remaining is used in the production of synthetic rubber. Safety is very important at the Pasadena site. We are focused on sending every 43 INEOS employees and the 30 contractors safely home to their families. The site has not had a recordable injury since 2011. At the Pasadena site, we meet or beat the Environmental Compliance laws we fall under. We work hard to keep the environment around us clean. Our commitment to the environment has helped us develop a strong relationship with the Pasadena community we are a part of.