18 April 2012 15:42 [Source: ICIS news]
NEW YORK (ICIS)--INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA will have the ability to expand capacity at its Chocolate Bayou facility in Texas beyond its planned 115,000 tonne/year debottlenecking with the installation of a new ethylene furnace, a company official said on Wednesday.
On 10 April, US engineering firm KBR announced it will design and construct an ethylene furnace that would add 465m lb/year (around 211,000 tonnes/year) of furnace production capacity to INEOS’s Chocolate Bayou complex.
“In specifying the size of the furnace, we have taken into account energy, efficiency and yield, to achieve higher ethane cracking in 2013, and provided ourselves potential scope to meet future demand beyond,” said Richard Longden, group communications manager at Switzerland-based INEOS Group.
INEOS is planning to debottleneck the Chocolate Bayou facility to add an additional 115,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity by the end of 2013, he confirmed.
In December 2011, INEOS Oxide CEO Hans Casier said it had nominated three sites on the US Gulf coast as possible locations for its planned 500,000 tonne/year EO/monoethylene glycol (MEG) and derivatives investment.
He said the company would choose between Chocolate Bayou; La Porte, Texas; and Plaquemine, Louisiana.
Additional reporting by Brian Ford in Houston and Nigel Davis in London
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