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Location DB > United States > Texas > Odessa > Odessa Refinery
Odessa Refinery
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created by Peptic Ulcer on 10/30/2015 3:50 PM
last modified by Peptic Ulcer on 10/30/2015 3:55 PM
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Massive refinery complex containing all types of valves, pipes, tanks and incredible views from the cracking towers.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Being Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Odessa, Texas
United States
Owner: Flint Hills Resouces
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features
    Complete refinery complex covering almost 2 square miles.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • razor wire
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1956
    Closed: 2015
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • rope
  • harness
  • breathing mask
  • binoculars
  • gloves
  • head protection
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
  •  Recommended Equipment

    1929 - El Paso Natural Gas Company formed in EL Paso, TX

    1956 - El Pas0 Products Company Formed in Odessa, TX
    - General Tire Plant startup in Odessa, TX

    1957-8 - Dtyrene & Butadine plants completed in Odessa, TX

    1960 - Joint venture announced between El Paso Natural Gas and Rexaal Drug & Chemical (Dart Industries) to build two plants in Odessa - ethylene and polyethylene

    1961 - Ethylene and Polyethelene plants completed
    Consolidated Thermoplastics Company acquired by joint venture with Dart Industries (headquarters in Arlington Heights, IL, with plants in Harrington, DE, Chippewa Falls, WI (also has on bargaining unit); and Santa Ana, CA

    1963 - First propylene column installed - now an Olefins Plant producing ethylene and popylene.

    1964 - Joint venture with Beaunit Corp. to manufacture adipic acid and hexamethylenediamine in Odessa.
    - Propylene and polypropylene Line 1 startup.
    - Ammonia Plant startup
    - Sale of El Paso Natural Gas refinery to Shell.

    1966 - Name changed to El Paso Products Company
    - Nylon group of plants startup, i.e. adipic acid, nitric acid, hydrogen & hexamethylenediamine (HMD)

    1969 - Polypropylene Line 2 startup.

    1970 - Expansion plans announced for Dart Industries joint venture - Olefin, Butadine, Styrene and Polyethylene Plants.
    - Polypropylene Line 3 Startup.

    1975 - Bayport, TX Polypropylene Plant startup.

    1976 - Bayport, TX Polyethylene Plant startup.

    1977 - Nylon plant shut down.

    1979 - El Paso Products buys Dart Industries' interest in Rexene and CTC, ending 19 years of joint venture and more than doubling the size of the company.
    - Styrene Plant expansion.
    - Acquired CT Film plant, Golden West Plastics, at Tustin, CA.

    1980 - Corpus Christi Butadiene plant startup.
    - Butadiene plant shut down.

    1981 - Ammonia plant shut down.

    1982 - LDPE expansion

    1983-4 - Burlington Northern acquired El Paso Natural Gas Company.
    - Sale of El Paso Products chemical and plastics business to group of Odessa employees headed by W.D. Noel.

    1986 - Converted polypropylene Line 2 to APAO
    - Sale of Corpus Chrisi butadiene plant
    - El Paso Hydrocarbons Co. office (subsidiary of El Paso Natural Gas) closed in Odessa.

    1987 - Feedstock fracionator installed in Olefins

    1988 - Polypropylene Line 3 expansion.
    - (4.13.1988)
    Sale of El Paso Products Company to Gilliam, Joseph & Littlejohn.
    Name changed to Rexene Products Company.
    Rexene goes public.

    1989 - Headquarters moved to Dallas (1.1.1989)
    - Bought Kenilworth, NJ greenhouse plant (1.7.1989)
    - Kenilworth plant shut down (11.30.1989)

    1990 - Bayport pants sold to Lyondell (2.14.1990)
    - Construction of CT Film plant at Clearfield, UT completed.

    1991 - CT Film plants at Tustin and Santa Ana, CA closed.
    - CT Film acquired Poly-Pac Plant in Dalton, GA (6.20.1991)
    - Rexene files Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    1992 - William J. Gilliam resigns as Chairman of Rexene.
    - UBE/Rexene (URC) joint venture APAO Plant starts up in Japan.
    - Rexene emerges from bankruptcy.
    - Name changed to Rexene Corporation.

    1993 - ISO 9000 certification granted in Odessa.
    - APAO expansion announced in Odessa.

    1994 - Announced construction begins on new FPO plant.
    - Construction of CT Film plant at Scunthorpe England completed.

    1995 - Groundbreaking for FPO Plant.
    - Major Olefin plant expansion announced.
    - New LLDPE (linear low density polyethylene) plant construction announced.

    1996 - Rexene announces startup of REXflex Polymer Plant (12/27.1996)

    1997 - Rexene merges with private company, Huntsman Corporation, headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT (8.27.1997)
    - Dallas headquarters closed (12.31.1997)

    1998-9 - Olefin expansion startup
    - LLDPE startup.

    2000 - FPO shut down.

    2001 - Styrene plant shut down.

    2001 - Line 1 PP shut down.

    2007 - FHR buys Odessa site (August)

    2008 - FHR announces facility shutdown (November)

    2015 - Facility demolished.
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     Future Plans
    This place will be completely leveled by the end of 2015. Portions of the plant remain - two abandoned and one active.

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    October 2015
    Fri, Oct 30th, 2015
    posted by Peptic Ulcer
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    October 2015
    Sat, Oct 31st, 2015
    posted by Peptic Ulcer
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 11/5/2015 5:42 PM.

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  • on Nov 5 15 at 17:42, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Oct 31 15 at 3:52, Peptic Ulcer added some pictures to a gallery
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  • on Oct 30 15 at 16:00, Peptic Ulcer made this location public
  • on Oct 30 15 at 16:00, Peptic Ulcer made this location available
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