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Williams’ Geismar olefins unit restarted; fully operational by Friday

HOUSTON, December 13, 2016 (PCW) – Williams has restarted its 2.06 billion lbs/yr Geismar olefins unit. It is expected to be fully operational and on spec by Friday.

The unit went down for 10-day planned maintenance on Nov 27; some 85 million lbs of ethylene production has been lost a result of the outage. It had been running continuously since June 2015. The plant constitutes 3.25% of US ethylene production capacity and consumes 55,000 b/d of ethane.

Williams is looking at either an outright sale of the facility or a tolling agreement. Company executives said recently it would likely be at the end of the 1Q 2017 when a decision would be made as to a sale versus a tolling agreement. -- Samantha Hartke

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