New cracker, PDH units to give Dow's Freeport site huge advantage

19 April 2012 18:06  [Source: ICIS news]

FREEPORT, Texas (ICIS)--Dow Chemical's complex in Freeport, Texas, will gain a large cost advantage from the cracker and propane dehydrogenation (PDH) units the company plans to build there, an executive said on Thursday.

Both new units will rely on low-cost natural gas liquids (NGLs), made available from the advent of shale gas in the US.

Those cost advantages should secure about 20 years of good growth for the complex, said Jim Fitterling, Dow executive vice president and president of feedstocks & energy and corporate development.

Fitterling made his comments on the sidelines of a Dow presentation, where the company announced its plans to build an ethane cracker at its Freeport complex.

By: Al Greenwood
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