UpdateUS Gulf investments to raise Dow's ethylene capacity by 20%

11 December 2012 23:30  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical’s US Gulf coast investment plans, including a new cracker in Texas, will raise the company’s global ethylene capacity by about 20%, the US-based producer said on Tuesday.

“The ethane flexibility actions, along with actions to restart a cracker in St Charles, Louisiana, together boost [Dow's] global ethylene capacity by about 20%,” a company spokesperson told ICIS.

Dow Chemical’s total propylene capacity will increase by about 900,000 tonnes/year and its total ethylene capacity by about 2.1m tonnes/year, the spokesperson said.

Dow said previously that its planned cracker at Freeport, Texas, will have an ethylene capacity of 1.5m tonnes/year with start-up expected for 2017.

Earlier on Tuesday, officials disclosed that Dow applied to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for an air-quality permit to build the project in Freeport. The project is entering its front-end engineering and design (FEED) stage.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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