Williams mulls on-purpose propylene plant in Canada

19 July 2012 23:47  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based mid-stream and olefins firm Williams is considering building an on-purpose propylene plant in Alberta, Canada, the company said on Thursday.

The plant would cost $600m-800m (€492m-656m), and it would have a capacity of 1bn lb/year (454,000 tonnes/year), the company said.

If built, the propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant would be the first in Canada, Williams said.

Williams would ship the propylene to the US Gulf coast. The hydrogen produced by the PDH unit would be sold locally, Williams said.

The plant's feedstock would be the propane that Williams recovers from its Redwater facility near Edmonton, the company said.

The Redwater facility separates a mixture of olefins and natural gas liquids that it receives via pipeline from Williams' Fort McMurray facility.

Fort McMurray recovers about 14,000 bbl/day of natural gas liquids and olefins, the company said. Williams is expanding the facility so it can also recover 10,000 bbl/day of a mixture of ethane and ethylene.

In September, Williams announced plans to expand ethylene output at its Geismar cracker.

The plant’s ethylene capacity is expected to be increased by about 600m lb/year (272,000 tonnes/year).

($1 = €0.82)

By: Al Greenwood
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