Westlake Chemical expansion slated in early 2013 - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Westlake Chemical expansion slated in early 2013

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WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) -

An expansion and maintenance turnaround at the Westlake Chemical Corporation will result in around 800 contract construction jobs and around six permanent positions, according to Sr. Vice President Dave Hansen.

Westlake Chemical Corporation announced Monday that it will perform planned maintenance and an expansion of the Petro 2 ethylene unit at its complex in Lake Charles in the first quarter of 2013. 

"This expansion will increase ethane-based ethylene capacity by approximately 230-240 million pounds annually in support of the Company's ethylene integration strategy. The unit is expected to be down approximately 50 days for the work to be completed," a news release from the company states.

Westlake Chemical Corporation is an international manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and building products with headquarters in Houston, Texas.

The company's range of products includes: Ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, propylene, caustic, VCM, PVC resin and PVC building products including PVC pipe, windows and fence.

SOURCE: http://www.westlake.com

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