28 April 2011 17:33 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based Dow Chemical has chosen Freeport, Texas, as the site of its world-scale, on-purpose propylene plant, chief executive Andrew Liveris said on Thursday.
An on-purpose propylene plant would use propane as a feedstock to produce solely propylene. Most of the propylene in the US is produced as a byproduct - either by naphtha crackers or by fluid catalytic crackers at refineries.
Dow's propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant is planned for for start-up in 2015.
Dow is also considering a second propylene plant with a possible start-up in 2018.
Dow made the announcement at a time when US propylene prices have reached record levels.
Propylene is a feedstock for acrylates as well as for polyether polyols, which, in turn, are used to make polyurethane.
"Integration to the propylene chain is equally important, which is why we also announced construction of a new world-scale on purpose propylene facility at our Freeport, Texas, site," Liveris said.
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