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New Dow PDH unit starts up at Freeport

HOUSTON, December 18, 2015 (PCW) -- Dow’s new propane dehydrogenation unit has started production at Freeport, Texas, the company said in a statement Friday.

The 1.65 billion lb/yr PDH unit was expected to start up during the fourth quarter and has been attempting to start up during December. The company noted in its statement that the unit is the largest on-demand propylene facility of its kind.

The Dow facility is the second PDH unit in the US. In 2010, Petrologistics started up a 1.45 billion lb/yr facility at Houston which was acquired by Flint Hills Resources in 2014. -- Kathy Hall