Westlake Chemical Corp. plans to convert the feedstock for its Calvert City,
Kentucky ethylene plant from propane to ethane, along with
increasing ethylene capacity from 450 million pounds per year
(MMlb/yr) to 630 MMlb/yr.
This expansion and feedstock conversion will enhance
Westlake's vinyl chain integration and leverage low-cost
ethane being developed in the Marcellus shale area.
In addition, Westlake announced an expansion of the existing PVC plant
in Calvert City, Kentucky that will add approximately 200
MMlb/yr of capacity to the existing 1,100 MMlb/yr of
This expansion will allow Westlake to
take advantage of increased ethylene production at the site and
provide additional PVC resin to meet growing demand from global
The construction costs for these projects are estimated to range
between $210 MM and $240 MM.
The ethylene expansion and feedstock conversion project is targeted for startup in
the second quarter of 2014, and the PVC expansion is anticipated to start up
in late 2014.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has
preliminarily approved tax incentives up to $10 MM, with
an additional $7 MM pending approval through the Kentucky