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Westlake’s expanded Petro 1 cracker returns to service
HOUSTON, August 2, 2016 (PCW) -– Westlake Chemical on Tuesday said its expanded Petro 1 cracker in Lake Charles, Louisiana, had returned to full operations.
The cracker has increased its capacity by 250 million lbs/yr to 1.45 billion lbs/yr. The turnaround began on April 18.
The newly-expanded cracker is estimated to consume about 42,000 b/d of ethane; it constitutes about 2.3% of total US ethylene capacity. -- Samantha Hartke