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Dow restarts idled ethylene plant at St. Charles, LA

9:28 AM MST | January 11, 2013 | —Clay Boswell

Dow Chemical has restarted the Olefins 2 plant at its St. Charles Operations near Hahnville, LA, and the unit has been producing on-spec ethylene since 25 December. Dow estimates that the plant’s operation will increase Ebitda by $150 million this year. The start-up of the St. Charles ethylene plant is “the first major milestone” of Dow’s US Gulf Coast investment strategy, which will connect the company’s downstream businesses to advantaged feedstocks from natural gas, says Brian Ames, president of Dow olefins, aromatics and...

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