Shintech looks to build Louisiana ethylene cracker to feed PVC production
Shintech, the US subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Chemical (Tokyo), has applied to the Louisiana Department of Environment Quality for a permit to build a 500,000-tpy ethylene plant.
Shin-Etsu Chemical's US subsidiary Shintech has applied to
Louisiana's Department of Environment
Quality for a permit
to build a new plant that will produce ethylene, which is one
of the main raw materials for polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
The permit application states that the ethylene production
capacity of this new plant will be 500,000 tpy. With regard
to the location of the plant, land for industrial use that
Shintech already owns in Plaquemine, Louisiana, will be a
leading candidate for the site.
Concurrently with carrying out the required processes to
secure a building permit, Shintech says it will continue its
feasibility study on the project
. After all of these
matters are fully considered, a final decision will be made.
This plant construction
permit application is
one step in the implementation of Shintechs strategy to
assure stable supply of ethylene for the manufacture of PVC.
Shintech says it has been implementing its strategy of
setting up an integrated PVC production system starting from
its raw materials.
Following its implementation of an in-house production system
for chlorine, Shintech has been giving serious consideration
to in-house production of ethylene to further strengthen its
integrated PVC production system.