Westlake starts construction of new chlor-alkali plant at Geismar

31 August 2010 12:30  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Westlake will begin construction of a new chlor-alkali plant at its vinyls manufacturing complex in Geismar, Louisiana, for start-up in the second half of 2013, the US-based chemicals producer said on Tuesday.

The new chlor-alkali unit was estimated to produce 250,000 electrochemical units (ECU's) annually, bringing the company's total estimated ECU capacity upon completion to 525,000 per year, said Westlake in a statement. 

The company said construction costs for the facility were estimated to range between $250m (€198m) and $300m, funded partly by the Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds issued by the company. 

The plant was expected to create approximately 100 permanent positions and 400-500 construction jobs.

Westlake said the new unit would be adjacent to the existing vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) facilities at the complex.

“This new plant is consistent with Westlake's vertical integration strategy for its vinyls business and will allow the company to achieve chlorine integration,” said the company.

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