US Westlake begins Louisiana cracker expansion

10 January 2013 11:47  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--US based petrochemicals producer Westlake Chemical announced on Thursday that it has begun the expansion of its Petro II ethylene unit in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The expansion will increase ethane-based ethylene capacity by 230m-240m lb/year (104,000-109,000 tonnes/year), Westlake said.

The unit is expected to be down approximately 60 days for the work to be completed, the company added.

In August 2012, Westlake said it would proceed with a turnaround at its Petro II cracker in the fourth quarter, however this was pushed back so the company could optimise work at the site and minimise downtime.

By: Franco Capaldo
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