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DowDuPont starts up new cracker, PE unit at Freeport

HOUSTON, September 21, 2017 (PCW) -- DowDuPont said Thursday it had started up its new 3.3 billion lbs/yr TX-9 cracker and 880 million lbs/yr PE unit at Freeport. The unit can consume as 88,000-90,000 b/d of ethane and about 30,000 b/d of propane. The units will continue to ramp up through 3Q and are expected to reach full op rates in 4Q. The cracker will be expanded to 4.4 billion lbs/yr in the post-2020 time frame.

A new specialty LDPE unit (capacity: 770 million lbs/yr) is expected to start up at the facility later this year. -- Samantha Hartke

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