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Westlake raises capacity at planned US chlor-alkali project by 40%

December 22/2011

(ICIS) -- Westlake Chemical is increasing the capacity of its planned chlor-alkali facility at Geismar, Louisiana, to 350,000 electrochemical units (ECU)/year, up by 40% from the originally announced 250,000 ECU/year, the US-based producer said on Wednesday.

Site work for the new facility is currently underway and the project is targeted for start-up in the second half of 2013, the company said.

Westlake estimates the project's construction costs at USD370m to USD420m (EUR281m to EUR319m). In 2008, when Westlake announced the original project, it estimated costs at USD250m to USD300m.

УThis new plant is consistent with Westlake's vertical integration strategy for its vinyls business and will allow the company to expand and optimise the vinyls chain over time,Ф the company said in a statement. Westlake is building the unit adjacent to its existing vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and polyvinyl chloride.

Author:Marina Ivanova
Category:General News
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