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Dow restarts Plaquemine LA-3 olefins unit

HOUSTON, November 30, 2016 (PCW) – Dow has restarted its newly-expanded Plaquemine LA-3 olefins unit.

Its initial capacity was 1.75 billion lbs/yr and it has now been expanded by another 600 million lbs/yr to 2.35 billion lbs/yr.

The unit, which represented 2.77% of US Gulf Coast ethylene production capacity -- went down for a planned turnaround and expansion in early September. Some 388 million pounds of ethylene production was lost during its downtime.

The unit’s prior feedstock consumption was about 30,000 b/d of ethane, 15,000 b/d of propane and 5,000 b/d of normal butane. The new capacity is expected to add another 10,000 b/d of ethane demand to the unit. -- Samantha Hartke

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