The Formosa Plastics Group (FPG, ), one of Taiwan`s biggest conglomerates, said it has begun a campaign to recruit workers for its massive investment project in the U.S. state of Louisiana, in St. James parish. The project has been named the Sunshine project and will be located near the west bank foot of the Sunshine Bridge near Donaldsonville.
FPG announced in June 2017 that two FPG subsidiaries — Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp. () and Formosa Petrochemical Corp. () — will invest US$9.4 billion in a petrochemical complex in Louisiana to expand the group`s presence in the U.S. market.
The company said it was launching the recruiting campaign now to have a well-trained workforce by the time the complex opens, currently scheduled for as early as 2023.
FPG did not disclose how many people the group will hire through the campaign but said the newcomers will receive three years of training in the group`s naphtha cracking compound in Mailiao in Yunlin County before being sent to work at the U.S. facility.
Formosa Petrochemical, which is in charge of many of the details related to the new investment, including hiring, said its vice president, Huang Chih-shang, will supervise the training program.
As long as the new hires are fluent in English, they will be sent directly to Louisianaafter completion of the program, while others will replace employees in Taiwan who are sent to the new U.S. plant.
Media reported Monday that Formosa Petrochemical is expected to send 60 to 70 of its current employees to the Louisiana site.
Chen Baolang disclosed that the headquarter of the Formosa Group has set up a “Louisiana Investment Office” and will begin first with engineering task force team. Huang Zhishang, vice president of the engineering team of Louisiana project, will lead the engineering task force. This team will plan for execution, contracting and transportation, and coordinate 2 major shareholders’ working scope in 7 plants of phase 1.
It is reported that this project is expected to pass Environment Assessment by the end of 2018 and startup in 2022. In phase 1, Formosa Petrochemical Corp. will take on the four plants of Formosa Louisiana Plant, including ethane cracking plant, propane dehydrogenation plant, high density polyethylene and linear low density polyethylene. And, Formosa Chemical & Fibre Corp will take on ethylene glycol plant, polypropylene plant and utility plant.
Construction of the Louisiana plant is scheduled to start in 2020 after its environmental impact assessment is approved by Louisiana, and mass production is expected to start in 2023 at the earliest.
Currently, Formosa Plastics Corp. () and Nan Ya Plastics Corp. (), two other major units of FPG, operate two ethylene plants in Texas, with a third one under construction.