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Ingleside Ethylene olefins unit reaches full capacity

HOUSTON, March 21, 2017 (PCW) – Ingleside Ethylene's new olefins unit at Ingleside, Texas, has reached full operating rates. The unit's ethylene is capacity 1.2 billion lbs/yr.

The ethane cracker initially started up on Feb 2 but shut on Feb 12 due to an issue with a downstream unit. The cracker restarted on Feb 24 and reached 100% rates around Mar 18.

The ethylene from the cracker serves as the feedstock for Oxy's VCM unit at the site. The VCM is then used by JV partner Mexichem to feed its PVC production.

The unit represents 1.62% of North American ethylene production capacity; it can consume about 33,000 b/d of ethane. -- Kathy Hall

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