US Americas Styrenics to build deepwater dock for styrene plant

09 January 2014 16:33  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Americas Styrenics plans to build a deepwater dock at its Saint James, Louisiana, styrene plant, the US-based styrene and polystyrene (PS) producer announced on Thursday.

Engineering for the dock, to be located on the lower Mississippi river, is underway, with permitting expected by mid-2014, the company said in a news release.

Completion of the dock is expected in late 2015.

Financial details of the project were not disclosed.

“This project will increase our marine capability to include large ocean-going vessels that are critical to feedstock imports and will also support [America Styrenics’s] styrene export business,” said Randy Pogue, the company’s vice president of styrene, feedstocks and corporate services. “Once completed, we expect this project to enhance the operational flexibility and export capabilities for our Saint James plant.”

The facility has a nameplate capacity of 950,000 tonnes/year of styrene production, according to the ICIS Plants and Projects database.

“This is a significant investment in this facility and in the styrenics industry as a whole,” said Brad Crocker, president and CEO of Americas Styrenics. “We have been able to reach this important milestone thanks to continued growth in demand for our products and strong support from our owners.”

Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, Americas Styrenics is a joint venture of Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem) and Styron.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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