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Ethylene Plant Expansion Technip Awarded Contracts for Ethylene Plant Expansion in Kentucky

Editor: Wolfgang Ernhofer

Technip was awarded engineering and procurement contracts by Westlake Chemical Corporation (WLK) for the expansion and modernization of the ethylene cracking furnaces and the recovery section of Westlake’s ethylene plant in Calvert City, Kentucky.

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Technip awarded contracts for Westlake Chemical’s ethylene plant expansion in Kentucky, USA.
Technip awarded contracts for Westlake Chemical’s ethylene plant expansion in Kentucky, USA.
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Paris/France – The ethylene production capacity of the WLK plant will be increased by 40 percent − from 450 million pounds per year to 630 million pounds per year − and will use ethane feedstock instead of propane as per the original design.

The expansion and feedstock conversion of the ethylene plant will enhance Westlake’s vinyl chain integration and leverage low-cost ethane being developed in regional shale gas areas. Westlake is one of the major ethylene producers in the U.S. and its Calvert City operation is a large integrated PVC site. Technip’s operating center in Claremont, California, will execute the work.

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