Williams to bring down US petchem complex in August for 50 days

08 May 2013 17:34  [Source: ICIS news]

Williams to bring down US petchem complex in August for 50 daysHOUSTON (ICIS)--Williams expects to bring down its petrochemicals complex at Geismar, Louisiana, for about 50 days, beginning in the second half of August, an executive said on Wednesday.

During the downtime, the company will do maintenance and tie in the existing plant with an ethylene expansion project, said Randy Newcomer, acting vice president of Williams’ natural gas liquids (NGL) and petrochemicals services business.

Williams is expanding ethylene capacity at Geismar by 272,000 tonnes/year, from currently 613,000 tonnes/year.

“The tie-in with the expansion will happen during the turnaround, and right now we anticipate bringing the plant down for maintenance and the tie-in of the expansion in the latter part of August, so this will be a third-quarter event,” Newcomer told analysts in an update during Williams’ 2013 first-quarter results conference call.

Additional reporting by John Dietrich and William Lemos

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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