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Ascend plans $1.2-billion on-purpose propylene plant at Alvin, TX, site

8:17 AM MST | February 27, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Ascend Performance Materials (Houston) is proceeding with plans to build a $1.2-billion propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility in at its Alvin, TX, site. The PDH unit will use propane to produce polymer-grade and chemical-grade propylene, Ascend says. Construction of the PDH plant, to support Ascend’s integrated nylon operations, is scheduled to begin in January 2014 and plant start-up will commence in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to a permit filed by Ascend with US EPA earlier this month. The plant will be built on land owned by Ascend at its...

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