Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP plans to build a polyethylene pilot plant at its research and technology facility in Bartlesville.

Construction begins next year and should be completed in 2017.

The new pilot plant will incorporate Chevron Phillips Chemical’s proprietary MarTech process for polyethylene production and technology that enables production of bimodal polyethylene resins for advanced applications.

The premier testing site will provide leading-edge polyethylene research, including new catalyst and polymer development, as well as polymer performance enhancements.

The new facility will replace the current site, which has been focused on research since the 1970s, according to a previous Tulsa World article.

The research site, like the current one, will be focused on “developing improvements in current resins or new polymer kind of innovations,” said a ChevronPhillips spokesperson in an earlier article.

“As a global producer of polyethylene, we strive to support our customers with the latest technological advances and process improvements through the efforts of our research and development personnel,” said Don Lycette, vice president of research and technology for Chevron Phillips Chemical, in a written statement.

“Chevron Phillips Chemical continues to build on a long history of scientific discoveries, particularly at our facility in Bartlesville, which was originally built in 1950 by Phillips Petroleum Co.”

Bartlesville once was the headquarters of Phillips Petroleum Co., which later merged with Conoco to become ConocoPhillips.

ConocoPhillips subsequently was split into the two independent companies: Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips, which both continue to have a strong presence in Bartlesville.

Chevron Phillips, a chemical producer jointly owned by Chevron Corp. and Phillips 66, also has a Bartlesville office.

Laurie Winslow 918-581-8466