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Westlake increases ethylene and PVC capacity at Kentucky plant

10:56 AM MDT | October 2, 2012 | Lindsay Frost

Westlake Chemical says it is converting its Calvert City, KY ethylene plant from propane to ethane feedstock, as well as increasing ethylene capacity from 450 million lbs/year, to 630 million lbs/year. The company is also expanding its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant at Calvert City—adding about 200 million lbs/year to the existing 1.1 billion lbs/year of capacity. Capital costs for the projects are estimated to be between $210 million-$240 million, the company says. The ethylene expansion and feedstock conversion project is set for start-up in the second...

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