AFPM '12: Williams cracker expansion on track for Q3 '13 start-up

02 April 2012 00:41  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--US-based Williams is on schedule to begin operations at its expanded cracker by the third quarter of 2013, a manager for the energy and petrochemicals firm said on Sunday.
 
"We've completed most of the engineering," said Kelly Knopp, general manager, natural gas liquids (NGL) and olefins marketing for Williams.
 
Knopp made his comments during the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC), held by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).
 
In September, Williams announced plans to expand ethylene output at its cracker in Geismar, Louisiana, by 600m lb/year (272,000 tonnes/year) to 1.95bn lb/year.
 
The project’s expected capital spending is in the range of $350m–400m (€263m–300m) in 2012-13, the company said.
 
The Geismar olefins plant is a light-end NGL cracker with current volumes of 37,000 bbl/day of ethane and 3,000 bbl/day of propane, for an annual ethylene production 1.35bn lb/year.
 
Williams is among several companies with plans to expand ethylene capacity in the US. Other companies are converting existing crackers to lighter feeds.
 
The IPC lasts through Tuesday.
 
($1 = €0.75)

By: Al Greenwood
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