Westlake launches ethylene expansion project at Lake Charles complex

Westlake Chemical's previously-announced expansion of the Petro 2 ethylene unit at its Lake Charles complex in Louisiana has begun, the company said on Thursday.

This expansion will be completed in conjunction with a planned maintenance turnaround and will increase ethane-based ethylene capacity by approximately 230-240 million lbs/year in support of the company's ethylene integration strategy, according to Westlake officials.

The unit is expected to be down approximately 60 days for the work to be completed.

Houston-based Westlake manufactures and supplies petrochemicals, polymers and building products. The range of products includes ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, propylene, caustic, VCM, PVC and PVC pipe, windows and fence.

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