Westlake Chemical Corp.’s previously announced expansion of the Petro 2 ethylene unit at its complex in Lake Charles, La. has begun.
The expansion will be completed in conjunction with a planned maintenance turnaround and will increase ethane-based ethylene capacity by approximately 230 to 240 million pounds annually in support of the company’s ethylene integration strategy, Westlake said.
The unit is expected to be down approximately 60 days for the work to be completed.
Houston-based Westlake Chemical manufactures petrochemicals, polymers and building products, including ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, propylene, caustic, VCM, PVC and PVC pipe, windows and fence.