US Dow Chemical to break ground soon on Louisiana EPDM plant

02 October 2013 15:16  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical will soon break ground on its planned world-scale ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM) plant in Plaquemine, Louisiana, the company announced on Wednesday.

The facility, which Dow said it expects to begin operations in 2016 and run at full capacity by 2017, will feature production of the company’s Nordel metallocene franchise of highly flexible polymers for use in the infrastructure, automotive and consumer durables markets, among others.

"The planned Nordel facility will position Dow as the only advanced post-metallocene producer globally, enabling a broader range of EPDM solutions for our customers, while also meeting increasing global demand for our current EPDM applications,” said Kim Ann Mink, business president of company subsidiary Dow Elastomers’ Electrical & Telecommunications division.

“This investment underscores how Dow’s industry-leading material and formulation science capabilities – backed by strong market orientation and enhanced customer intimacy – continue to serve as the foundation for our ability to differentiate and win in the market,” Mink added.

Dow previously had announced the Plaquemine project along with other expansion plans at the facility and at its site in Freeport, Texas.

The Plaquemine plants will use ethylene produced from Dow’s actions to improve ethane feedstock flexibility and increase ethylene supply at the site by 2015.

Specific nameplate numbers in regard to the capacity increases from the Texas and Louisiana projects have not been disclosed, although the company has said that the total derivative capacity from the performance plastics produced at the plants is expected to be about 1m tonnes/year when they are fully operational in 2017.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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