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LyondellBasell boosts US ethylene, PE expansion plans

10:59 AM MDT | March 19, 2013 | —Robert Westervelt

LyondellBasell Industries announced plans last week to add 800 million lbs/year of ethylene capacity at its Corpus Christi, TX, site by late 2015 as part of a capital spending ramp-up that will increase its annual ethylene capacity by nearly 2 billion lbs over the next 3 years. The company also announced plans to add as much as 1.2 billion lbs/year of polyethylene (PE) in the United States by 2016 at an analyst meeting in New York last week. “Our program of expanding current assets will add the capacity equivalent to a large existing cracker, be onstream...

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