FERC on Thursday authorized Gulf South Pipeline Co.’s proposal to build and operate the Westlake Expansion Project in Calcasieu Parish, LA, with one notable dissent.
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Westlake Chemical Corp. will invest more than $330 million to expand its ethylene capacity by about 250 million pounds annually and make other capital improvements in Lake Charles, LA, the Houston-based company said Thursday. The expansion is expected to be completed in late 2015 or early 2016.
Westlake Chemical Corp.’s previously announced expansion of the Petro 2 ethylene unit at its complex in Lake Charles, LA, has begun. This expansion will be completed in conjunction with a planned maintenance turnaround and will increase ethane-based ethylene capacity by 230-240 million pounds annually in support of the company’s ethylene integration strategy. The unit is expected to be down approximately 60 days for the work to be completed.
A new company has leased about 1,500 acres in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia and hopes to find investors to raise $2 billion to develop an ethane cracker and other downstream facilities.