US Westlake’s new Geismar chlor-alkali plant nears start-up

07 November 2013 17:12  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Westlake Chemical’s new chlor-alkali plant in Geismar, Louisiana, should start up “within the next month”, executives from the US producer said on Thursday.

Westlake will bring up the plant through the end of the fourth quarter and have it operating going into 2014, said chief executive Albert Chao and chief financial officer Steven Bender. They made their comments during a Q3 earnings conference call.

The plant, which will utilise membrane-based technology, is adjacent to Westlake’s existing vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) unites at its Geismar complex.

Capacity of the plant is to be 350,000 electrochemical units (ECU)/year.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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