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Westlake to restart US petrochemical complex

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 19/07/2016 (16:16)
According to media reports, Westlake Chemicals is restarting its Calvert City, Kentucky petrochemical complex following a 50 day shutdown. The company shut down the complex on June 1. According to Westlake, the reason for the shutdown was an unexpected mechanical failure at the steam cracker. This caused the shutdown of the company’s vinyl chain, including its EDC, VCM and PVC capacities.

Westlake declared force majeure from the site on June 28 and as of yet, it reportedly remains in place.

The company noted on its website, “The approximate $40 million impact of this outage will affect both the second and third quarter financial results, with nearly half of this amount impacting the third quarter.”
According to market sources, Westlake’s cracker at Lake Charles, Louisiana has also been down since April 18 for an 80 day maintenance. It is expected back in the third quarter.
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