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Report: Ineos to expand ethylene capacity at Rafnes

9:35 AM MST | December 4, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Ineos is building a new furnace at its Rafnes, Norway, steam cracker, to expand the plant's ethylene capacity, according to a Reuters report. The project coincides with Ineos's plans to enable the Rafnes plant to consume imported ethane derived from US shale gas. The Rafnes cracker currently has 11 furnaces, which process ethane. The 12th furnace is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, says Geir Tuft, commercial director of Ineos, quoted in the report. The expansion would cost an estimated $160 million. Ethylene capacity at Rafnes is currently 575,000...

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