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Dow’s Plaquemine LA-2 olefins unit returns to service

HOUSTON, December 13, 2016 (PCW) – Dow’s 1.245 billion lbs/yr Plaquemine LA-2 unit is up and running.

The unit, along with the LA-3 olefins plant, went down on Dec 2.

The LA-2 olefins unit represents 1.95% of US production capacity. The outage has resulted in an ethylene production loss of some 38 million lbs. The unit can consume 30,000 b/d of ethane and 5,000 b/d of propane.

The LA-3 olefins unit was recently restarted after a planned turnaround and expansion. Its initial capacity was 1.75 billion lbs/yr and has now been expanded by another 600 million lbs/yr to 2.35 billion lbs/yr. -- Samanteha Hartke

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