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Dow starts up new PE ELITE and ethylene units in Texas

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 21/09/2017 (18:18)
According to a statement released by DowDuPont Materials Science, the company has started up its new integrated ethylene plant and its upgraded PE unit named ELITE in Freeport, Texas.

The company’s ethylene plant has a production capacity of 1.5 million tons/year while ELITE is expected to produce 400,000 tons/year of PE. The new ethylene plant will become the largest ethylene unit in the world after it is expanded to 2 million tons/year in the following years, the company stated.

The new, world-scale ethylene facility ELITE is also the first of the company’s four derivative plants in Texas and Louisiana. Dow’s ELITE enhanced polyethylene resins are known for their versatility and high performance attributes and are used in multiple types of flexible food and industrial packaging applications.

Both units are expected to operate in full rates by the fourth quarter of 2018.
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