SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - Lotte Chemical has announced the start-up of its ethylene glycol manufacturing facility in Sulphur as a success. The plant launched production on Feb. 5.
Lotte broke ground on the $1.9 billion ethane cracker facility in 2016 next to Axiall’s current manufacturing facility. The cracker facility is one part of a $3.1 billion facility in Calcasieu Parish. Lotte joined with Axiall and Westlake Chemical in separate projects to build ethane crackers.
The Lotte facility is now running and producing product according to Jim Rock, the site’s executive director. The plant will be capable of producing up to 700,000 tons of ethylene glycol annually.
Ethylene glycol is a chemical that’s found in commercial and industrial products. Antifreeze and coolant are some of the more common uses. The chemical is also used in the production of plastics, polyester fibers for clothing, fabric, and fiberglass. The Lotte ethane cracker will take ethane, which is a natural gas, and process it into ethylene. This happens when ethane is heated to astronomical temperatures causing the molecules to break down.
The new Lotte plant is expected to generate around 250 direct jobs and more than 2,000 indirect jobs for southwest Louisiana.
Lotte says it chose the Lake Area for the site due to the existing infrastructure, access to resources, as well as pipeline, rail and water shipping access.