By ANNA PRIOR
Dow Chemical said this week that it has restarted its St.
Charles Olefins 2 plant, a move that the chemical
giant expects will help lower costs and strengthen its
According to Dow, the St. Charles plant located near
Hanville, La., began producing on-spec ethylene on Dec. 25,
meeting previously announced goals to restart the site by the
end of 2012.
"This action further reduces the company's purchased
ethylene, lowering costs and strengthening the competitiveness
of our high-margin, high-growth derivatives businesses," said
Brian Ames, president of Dow Olefins, Aromatics and
The company said the move is part of its investment plan to
further connect its US operations with cost-advantaged feedstocks from increasing supplies
of US shale gas.
The restarted St. Charles cracker, which was idled in
January 2009, reportedly has a capacity of 380,000 tpy.
Dow Jones Newswires