BEAUMONT, Texas — A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the multi-billion dollar ethane export project to be built over the next three years in Beaumont. 

American Ethane and Martin Midstream will be building a portion of an ethane export project at its Martin Midstream facility in Beaumont company spokesman John Houghtaling told 12News on Friday.

The terminal is expected to bring 5,000 construction and production jobs throughout the U.S. according to an American Ethane and Martin Midstream news release. The project will bring $8 billion in U.S. infrastructure, and will triple U.S. ethane production according to the release. It is set to cost $1.5 billion.

The pipeline will run from Mont Belvieu to Beaumont, and will export ethane to China. It will have a total capacity of 10 million metric tons per year according to American Ethane.

Those interested can apply by visiting sbec.com or by visiting the employment office at 1031 Nederland Ave. in Nederland.

This project was part of the U.S./China Beijing Summit, signed at a press conference before President Trump and President Xi Jinping in November 2017 according to the release.

The groundbreaking was held at 1 Gulf States Road in Beaumont.

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From an American Ethane and Martin Midstream Partners news release:

 American Ethane and Martin Midstream Partners bring major project to Beaumont 

Mult-Billion Dollar Ethan Export Project highlighted by President Donald Trump (Beaumont, TX): American Ethane and Martin Midstream Partners to host a groundbreaking ceremony announcing a multi-billion dollar Ethane Export Project. U.S. Economic Benefit includes 5,000 construction and production jobs throughout the United States and $8 billion in US Infrastructure that will triple U.S. ethane production. 

This project was a highlight of the U.S./China Beijing Summit, signed at a televised press conference before President Donald J. Trump and President Xi Jinping in November of 2017.