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Westlake to Boost Ethylene Capacity

3:13 PM MDT | August 8, 2011 | —LINDSEY BEWLEY

Westlake Chemical is planning a series of expansions to boost ethylene capacity in 2012 and 2014 to better meet the company’s captive ethylene requirements. Westlake plans to increase capacity at one of its ethylene plants at Lake Charles, LA in second-half 2012, adding 230 million- 240 million lbs/year. A second expansion will take place in 2014 at a neighboring ethylene unit at Lake Charles, adding about 250 million lbs/year. The company purchases about 500 million lbs/year of ethylene, says Albert Chao, president and CEO of Westlake. “By the end of...

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