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Updates on new PE capacities in US

by Pınar Polat - ppolat@chemorbis.com
  • 31/07/2019 (04:04)
Several producers have recently announced updates on their new PE plants in the US; which include delays, start-ups as well as abandoning plans.

Two producers have new PE capacities

ExxonMobil’s PE line already in service

According to a press release, ExxonMobil started production at its new PE line at its Beaumont, Texas site in the US. The new PE line has a production capacity of 650,000 tons/year.

With the addition of the new capacity in Beaumont, the site’s total capacity reaches to nearly 1.7 million tons/year.

Sasol’s ethane cracker in start-up process

South African Sasol announced on July 25 that the company’s Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) progressed in line with the schedule and remained within the cost determined in May.

The start-up process at the 1.5 million tons/year ethane cracker located near Lake Charles, Louisiana in the US has begun while beneficial operation is expected to start by the end of July or shortly after that time.

Meanwhile, the company informed that beneficial operation at the 420,000 tons/year LDPE plant has been postponed by four to six weeks as the construction of the plant took longer than expected.

Braskem drops plans for new cracker, PE units in US

According to the country’s local media outlets, Brazil’s Braskem SA abandoned its previously announced plans to build an ethane cracker along with three PE plants in West Virginia, the US by early week.

Announced in 2013, the project was named the Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise and worth $4 billion.

US giant Dow delays polyolefins project in Europe

In addition to updates on PE plants located in the US, there are also some developments on producers’ PE projects located in other regions.

The US chemical giant Dow Inc. decided to postpone its 450,000 tons/year PE plant project in Europe. The uncertainties stemming from the China-US trade tensions were cited as the reason pushing the company to take such a decision.

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