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Dow files permits for planned Texas cracker

10:38 AM MST | December 11, 2012 | Robert Westervelt

Dow Chemical has filed for permits with EPA and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ; Austin) for its previously announced 1.5-million m.t./year ethylene plant at its Freeport, TX, complex. Construction is expected to begin in January 2014 with a proposed start of operation in January 2017, according to the filing. The unit will include eight cracking furnaces. The plant will use ethane and propane as feedstocks. Products include ethylene, propylene, C4 compounds, pyrolysis gasoline, fuel oil, and an off-gas stream consisting of primarily...

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