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Westlake’s Petro II cracker restarting after operational issue

HOUSTON, August 23, 2016 (PCW) -- Westlake Chemical on Tuesday said its 1.64 billion lbs/yr Petro II cracker in Lake Charles had a “temporary operational issue.”

Westlake said it is working to resolve this issue and that restart procedures have already begin. The company expects the unit to be back to normal shortly.

Petro II constitutes 2.6% of US ethylene production capacity; it last was offline in April 2015. The cracker consumes about 45,000 b/d of ethane.

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