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Dow Plans Massive U.S. Ethylene, Propylene Boost

10:36 AM MDT | May 2, 2011 | —Vincent Valk

Dow Chemical plans to build world-scale ethylene and propylene plants on the U.S. Gulf Coast as part of plans to take advantage of cheaper U.S. feedstocks available from increasing supplies of U.S. shale gas in the Marcellus and Eagle Ford shale regions. By 2018, propylene capacity would be raised by 2 billion lbs/year and ethylene capacity by 5.1 billion lbs/year, Dow says. Dow says it plans to build a world-scale ethylene unit at an undisclosed location on the U.S. Gulf Coast for start-up in 2017. Dow is also restarting production at an ethylene plant at...

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