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Westlake Boosts Planned Chlor-Alkali Capacity at Geismar Expansion

8:38 AM MST | January 6, 2012 | Lindsey Bewley

Westlake Chemical says it will increase a previously announced chlor-alkali capacity expansion at its Geismar, LA vinyls complex. The chlor-alkali unit was originally slated to produce 250,000 electrochemical units (ECU), the combination of 1 ton of chlorine and 1.1 tons of caustic soda, but will now be designed for a capacity of up to 350,000 ECU/year. Total capacity at the site will rise to about 625,000 ECUs/year. Capital costs will be $370 million-$420 million, Westlake says. Site work is underway and the project is targeted for start-up in the second half of...

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