USA: Ethylene Production Indorama Ventures Begins Commercial Operations of Gas Cracker in USA
The Louisiana-based olefins gas cracker has the capacity to produce 440 kilo tonnes of ethylene per annum and is strategically positioned in the US Gulf coast. The project will also enable Indorama Ventures to leverage shale gas availability.
Bangkok/Thailand – Indorama Ventures Public Company Ltd (IVL) has recently commenced the commercial operations of its olefins gas cracker at the Indorama Ventures Olefins (IVOL) plant in Westlake, Louisiana, the USA on January 31, 2020.
The site has an ethylene production capacity of 440 kilo tonnes per annum (KTA) and is highly integrated with the US Gulf Coast ethylene pipeline infrastructure for efficient distribution. This cracker is strategically positioned in the US gulf coast and allows to leverage shale gas availability. The facility is strategically positioned for long-term captive ethylene supplies to the Indorama Ventures Oxide and Glycols (IVOG) plant in Clear Lake, Texas and the recently acquired integrated EO and PO assets in Port Neches, Texas.
Tony Barre, Site Director of Indorama Ventures Olefins, commented, “Our IVOL operating team has safely achieved commercial operations and the plant has already achieved an operating rate of over 80 %.”
Dilip Kumar Agarwal, CEO of PET and Integrated Oxides and Derivatives of Indorama Ventures, said, “This is a significant milestone for IVL and a strategic step forward in expanding our North American portfolio and footprint. The new plant is very strategic to the continual growth of IVL’s Integrated Oxides and Derivatives segment, in-line with the company’s strategy.”