Petrochemical Equipment/Services

Petrochemical Companies in Galveston County

  • Eastman
    • Chemical Plant
    • Produces acetic acid, which can be used to make household fabrics, washing powder and other everyday items
      • 580,000 tons/year
    • Also produces non-phthalate plasticizers used in building and construction, medical and consumer goods.
  • Eastman

  • Dow
    • Chemical Plant
    • 2 Production Plants in Texas City
    • Manufactures more than 30 chemical products
    • Products including aldehydes, organic acids and vinyl acetate are produced for use in plastics, solvents, coatings, ink, brake fluid, pharmaceuticals, and other useful products. Consumers use these products everyday in such things as mouthwash, cleaners, chewing gum, and bandages.
    • The raw materials used in the manufacturing of Texas City Operations products are primarily natural gas, ethylene and propylene.
  • Dow

  • BP
    • Chemical Plant
    • BP’s Texas City Chemicals plant (TCC) is a leading producer of paraxylene (PX) and metaxylene (MX), which help make everything from clothes and carpets to soda bottles and surfboards.
    • Can produce 1.5 million tons of chemicals per year
    • The plant buys hydrocarbon mixtures known as “xylenes” from Gulf Coast refineries, and it then uses them to manufacture PX and MX.
    • Its PX output is used to manufacture purified terephthalic acid (PTA), a BP-invented chemical feedstock used to make polyester products such as home textiles and X-ray film.
    • Its MX output is used to make a wide variety of plastic products, including fiberglass auto bodies and cooling fans.
  • BP

  • Marathon Oil Texas City Refinery
    • Oil Refinery
    • 86,000 barrels per calendar day
    • Operations: Crude distillation, catalytic cracking, alkylation, reforming, aromatics extraction and sulfur recovery
    • Products: Gasoline, chemical-grade propylene, propane, aromatics, slurry and dry gas
  • Marathon

  • Marathon Oil Galveston Bay Refinery
    • Oil Refinery
    • 495,000 barrels per calendar day
    • Operations: Crude distillation, hydrocracking, catalytic cracking, hydrotreating, reforming, alkylation, aromatics extraction, sulfur recovery and coking
    • Products: Gasoline, distillates, aromatics, heavy fuel oil, fuel-grade coke, refinery-grade propylene, sulfur and dry gas.
    • Cogeneration Facility: Currently has 1,055 megawatts of electrical production capacity and can produce 4.3 million pounds of steam per hour while supplying the Galveston Bay refinery. Approximately 46 percent of the power generated in 2015 was used at the refinery, with the remaining electricity being sold into the electricity grid.
  • Marathon

  • Valero
    • Oil Refinery
    • 260,000 barrels per day of throughput capacity
    • Produces a wide range of petroleum products including fuel gas, gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, No. 2 fuel oil, liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs), propylene and No. 6 fuel oil
  • Valero

  • NuStar
    • Terminal and storage facilities
    • 2,681,000 barrels of capacity
    • 70 tanks
    • Products/Materials: Clean Products, Black Oils, Blendstocks, VGO, Chemicals
  • NuStar

  • Praxair
    • Industrial Gas Manufacturing
    • Hydrogen Production Facility
  • Praxair

    • Headquarters at League City, Texas
    • Manufacturer of over 8.6 billion pounds of petrochemicals in the USA

  • Intertek
    • Petroleum, fuel, and chemical testing laboratory
    • Capabilities include modern analytical instrumentation, allowing the laboratory to provide local in-depth trouble-shooting, trace analysis, and quality control testing for an expanded range of feed-stocks and products, including crude oil, refined fuels, and petrochemicals.
    • The lab also samples and tests the new shale oil feedstocks used by local refiners.
    • Advanced analytical technologies and expertise offered by the laboratory include gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, simulated distillation, trace analysis for oxygenates in hydrocarbon streams, trace metals analysis, and a new laboratory information management system (LIMS) which is integrated into Intertek’s global network.
  • Intertek


  1. BP
  2. Dow
  3. Eastman
  4. INEOS
  5. Intertek
  6. Marathon (Galveston Bay)
  7. Marathon (Texas City)
  8. NuStar
  9. Praxair
  10. Valero

Raw Numbers of Petrochemical Related Companies in Galveston County

  • 7 Petroleum Refineries
  • 5 Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing Companies
  • 2 Plastics Material and Resin Manufacturing Companies
  • 1 Cyclic Rude, Intermediate, and Gum and Wood Chemical Manufacturing Company

Raw Numbers of Petrochemical Equipment/Supply Companies in Galveston County

  • 26 Industrial Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers
  • 21 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Repair & Maintenance Companies
  • 15 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
  • 8 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing Companies
  • 7 Instruments and Related Products Manufacturers for Measuring, Displaying, and Controlling Industrial Process Variables
  • 5 Industrial Gas Manufacturers
  • 2 Oil and Gas Field Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers
  • 1 Industrial Valve Manufacturing Company

Deep Water Port Access

  • Galveston County has deep water port access via the Port of Galveston and Port of Texas City. Galveston County is also adjacent to Port Freeport and the Port of Houston.
    • Port of Galveston
      • Deepwater Port
      • Equipped to handle: containers, dry and liquid bulk, breakbulk, RO/RO, refrigerated and project cargoes.
      • Foreign Trade Zone
      • 4th busiest cruise port in the US
      • Ranked #7 in tanker calls among US ports
      • The following Companies call on the Port of Galveston:
        • ARC – American Roll-On, Roll-Off Carrier
        • Del Monte
        • Hoegh Autoliners
        • K Line Ro Ro
        • WWL -  Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

      Port of Galveston

    • Port of Texas City
      • Deepwater Port
      • 11th busiest port in the US in terms of overall annual tonnage
      • UP Railroad and BNSF Railway
      • Foreign Trade Zone
      • Ranked #4 in tanker calls among US ports
      • Over $270 billion in annual economic activity

      Port of Texas City

      Port of Texas City

    • Port of Houston
      • Deepwater Port
      • Busiest port in US in terms of foreign tonnage
      • 2nd busiest port in US in terms of overall tonnage
      • 13th busiest port in the world
      • 2 Cargo Container Terminals
      • 5 Major General Cargo Terminals
      • Part of Foreign Trade Zone

      Port of Houston

    • Port Freeport
      • Deepwater Port
      • Equipped to handle: cargo & breakbulk operations, container operations, heavy lift, RO/RO
      • Foreign Trade Zone
      • 800 vessel calls per year

      Port Freeport

    Road Access

    Regional Interstate Map

    • Interstate 45
      • Interstate 45 serves Galveston County connecting us directly to the Houston Metro Area.
      • Over a Billion Dollars of Road Improvements
        • More than an estimated billion dollars will be spent on transportation infrastructure improvement in Galveston County over the next decade. Click here to learn more.
        • This investment will better connect Galveston County to the greater Houston Region.

    Interstate 45


    Rail Access

    Galveston County Rail Access

    • Galveston County is served by the following: Union Pacific, BNSF, Galveston Railroad (Genesee & Wyoming)
      Union PacificBNSF RailwayGalveston Railroad

    Higher Education Research and Development

    • University of Texas Petroleum Engineering
      • #1 graduate program in nation according to U.S. News & World Report
      • 2nd best undergraduate program in nation according to U.S. News & World Report
      • Focuses a key area of research on process engineering, studying and innovating the design, modeling, optimization, control of petrochemical and pharmaceutical and microelectronic processes.

    University of Texas Petroleum Engineering

    • Rice University
      • Researchers in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology are leading the search for new zeolites which are used to crack petroleum into gasoline, diesel, and other products.
      • Nanotechnology research aims to increase the efficiency and environmental friendliness of gasoline manufacturing as well as to produce higher-octane gasoline by making better catalysts to use in the hydrocarbon refining process.

    Rice University

    • Texas A&M
      • The Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, part of the Chemical Engineering Department at Texas A&M, promotes safety in the chemical industry through developing safer processes, equipment, procedures and management strategies to minimize losses within the processing industry.
      • The center provides specialist consulting services in safety and fire protection in the design, engineering, construction and operation of chemical plants and refineries.

    Texas A&M

    • Huntsman Advanced Technology Center (HATHC) in The Woodlands
      • The HATC is home to more than 240 scientists, engineers, technicians, technical service and support staff who perform a wide range of research and development activities for Huntsman's Performance Products, Polyurethanes and Advanced Materials divisions.
      • Some examples of R&D applications coming out of the HATC are: a wide range of epoxy based adhesives and coatings products for electronics and industrial applications, specialty resins for high performance composites in aerospace, wind energy, automotive and sports/leisure and rigid and flexible polyurethane foam systems used in construction insulation, appliances, automotive, furniture and bedding.

    Huntsman Advanced Technology Center (HATHC) in The Woodlands

    Taxes & Business Costs

    We feature major tax and business costs advantages including the following:

    • No state corporate income tax
    • No state individual income tax
    • Only state in USA that does not require private companies to have workers’ compensation insurance.

    Additional Information

Source of Business and Labor Numbers: The Next Move Group