Louisiana Cracker Plant Starts Up



Louisiana Cracker Plant Starts Up
Commercial operations have begun at Indorama Ventures' new olefins gas cracker near Lake Charles, La.

Thailand-based Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (IVL) reported Monday that commercial operations have begun at its new olefins gas cracker in Westlake, La.

According to a written statement from IVL, the commercial start-up at the Indorama Ventures Olefins (IVOL) facility occurred on Jan. 31, 2020.

“This is a significant milestone for IVL and strategic step forward in expanding our North American portfolio and footprint,” commented Dilip Kumar Agarwal, CEO of Indorama’s PET and Integrated Oxides and Derivatives unit. “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.”

According to IVL, the new cracker boasts an ethylene production capacity of 440 kilotons per annum and integrates well with U.S. Gulf Coast ethylene pipeline infrastructure for efficient distribution. Noting the facility leverages shale gas availability, the company added the cracker is strategically positioned for long-term captive ethylene supplies to:

  • the Indorama Ventures Oxide and Glycols (IVOG) plant in Clear Lake, Texas
  • newly acquired integrated ethylene oxide (EO) and propylene oxide (PO) assets in Port Neches, Texas.

“I am very proud of the achievements of our IVOL operating team, who have safely achieved commercial operations and the plant has already achieved an operating rate of over 80 percent,” remarked Tony Barre, IVOL site director.

IVL states on its website that it acquired the Westlake facility, which had been idled in early 2001, from Occidental in Sept. 2015. The firm added that it subsequently embarked on a complete revamp and debottlenecking project.

“I am very delighted with the startup of our gas cracker and are thankful to my colleagues who worked relentlessly,” stated Alastair Port, president of Indorama Integrated Oxides and Derivatives. “This has been possible with tremendous support and partnership with local authorities and communities.”

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