US Westlake starts up new chlor-alkali plant in Louisiana

27 December 2013 23:13  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Westlake Chemical has started up its new chlor-alkali plant at its vinyls manufacturing complex in Geismar, Louisiana, the US producer announced on Friday.

The 350,000 electrochemical units (ECU)/year facility utilises membrane-based technology and is located next to the company’s vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) facilities.

Adding the new Geismar facility to Westlake’s vinyls production in Calvert City, Kentucky, the company has a production capacity of 650,000 ECU/year, Westlake said.

“The addition of this new plant is consistent with Westlake's vertical integration strategy for its vinyls business and will allow the company to continue to expand and optimise the vinyls chain,” the company said in a news release.

As part of that plan, Westlake said that will add 200m lb/year (91,000 tonnes/year) of PVC capacity at its Calvert City plant during second quarter of 2014.

Westlake originally announced the Geismar project back in 2008 as 250,000 ECU/year facility but increased the planned capacity to 350,000 ECU/year in 2011.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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