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Ineos’ Grangemouth cracker readies itself for US ethane exports

HOUSTON, March 29, 2016 (PCW) -- Ineos on Tuesday said its previously mothballed second ethylene unit at its Grangemouth facility in Scotland is ready to use US ethane exports as feedstock.

Ethane deliveries are expected in autumn, Ineos said. It will be used as a supplementary feed for the ethylene plant as North Sea supplies are expected to dwindle.

Train 2 was shuttered eight years ago when Ineos found it was unable to operate at full capacity. Train 1 has an ethylene production capacity of 1 million mt/yr (2.2 billion lb/yr).

In mid-2017, however, Ineos’ Fife ethylene plant in Mossmorran, Scotland, will begin using US ethane as a feedstock as well. The plant has an ethylene production capacity of 830,000 mt/yr (1.8 million lb/yr).

The first vessel carrying US ethane left Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, earlier this month and reached Rafnes, Norway, last week. A second vessel carrying US ethane left Marcus Hook, also bound for Rafnes on Saturday. Both vessels are owned by Ineos. –-Samantha Hartke

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