As reported by KFDM Fox 4, Chevron Phillips Chemical and its energy partner in the Middle East have chosen Orange County Texas for one of the largest new petrochemical projects in years.

The story suggests that the plant - valued at $8.5 billion - is expected to create about 4,500 construction jobs.

Construction jobs created will no doubt include those such as labourerswelderspipefittersequipment operatorsmillwrights and beyond.

A further 500 permanent jobs will also be created, with an estimated $50 billion impact on the economy.

The plant will be located off Highway 87 and is expected to open in 2026.

It will produce polyethylene, used to make kayaks, coolers and many other everyday products.

"Chevron Phillips Chemical and QatarEnergy have collaborated for over 20 years on the assets we operate together in Qatar. We have a great relationship and a proven track record of operating these facilities safely and reliably," said Chevron Phillips Chemical President and CEO Bruce Chinn.

"Our products help make life better for billions of people every day, and they are part of a lower carbon future."

"This facility will help meet the growing demand for our products and improve the quality of life for the world’s growing global population." he continued.

Note: an early version of this story indicated the plant was located in Orange County California. This has been updated to reflect the plants actual location in Orange Texas.