USA: Polyethylene Production Dow Announces Completion of Enhanced Polyethylene Production Unit in Freeport
The Dow Chemical Company has completed the construction of its "Elite" enhanced polyethylene production facility in Freeport, Texas.
Freeport/USA — The 400,000 metric ton polyethylene unit is the first of four new derivative investments currently under way at the company’s manufacturing sites in Texas and Louisiana as part of the company’s previously announced $ 6 billion (approx. € 5.36 billion) expansion on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
“This milestone further reflects the steady progress our teams are making to bring these multi-phased investments online to enhance our cost-advantaged integration and industry-leading innovation,” said Jim Fitterling, Dow’s president and chief operating officer. “Taken together, these investments represent the industry's broadest and most differentiated derivative slate, fueled by Dow's proprietary catalyst and process technologies, and will deliver enhanced products and technologies for our customers while enabling higher quality growth for our shareholders.”
The production unit now enters its commissioning and start-up phase in sequence with the mid-year start-up of Dow’s 1.5 million metric ton world-scale ethylene facility. The plant is expected to ramp up during the third quarter and be fully operational in the fourth quarter. Designed with the manufacturer’s proprietary solution process technology, the unit will produce enhanced polyethylene resins, known for their versatility and high performance attributes in multiple types of flexible packaging applications for food, personal hygiene products and industrial packaging.
“The mechanical completion of our first new polyethylene unit is yet another milestone that brings us closer to having more volume to meet growing customer demand globally,” said Diego Donoso, business president for Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business. “As with our ethylene production facility, the Dow team safely delivered the project on time. This is yet another example of Dow’s ability to deliver on our commitments to generate value for our customers, shareholders and employees.”