Axiall wants to put new ethane cracker at Westlake facility - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Axiall wants to put new ethane cracker at Westlake facility

WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) - An Axiall official has confirmed the company wants to put a new ethane cracker unit in Southwest Louisiana.

Axiall spokesman Alan Chapple said the unit, which would be placed next to their existing facility in Westlake, could produce about 2 billion tons of ethylene per year.

Chapple said the engineering and design study under way will help Axiall management decide whether to purse the project.

If the ethane cracker project is approved, Chapple said a derivatives plant could be added in the future. The derivatives plant would manufacture monoethylene glylcol and would be constructed and wholly owned by JV partner Lotte Chemical of South Korea.

The project could lead to 3,000 temporary jobs and 250 permanent jobs, according to Chapple.

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