Dow Chemical unveils US Gulf Coast performance plastics projects
Mar. 26 - 2013 May. 21 - 2021
Technip completes FEED on Freeport ethylene cracker
To optimize the competitive advantage of the US glut of shale gas, the Dow Chemical Company (Dow) is planning to increase locally the number and variety of production units downward its chemical value chain.
Presented as early as April 2011, the US Gulf Coast Investment Plan elaborated by Dow is aiming at boosting the production of petrochemicalproducts by all means to:
– Re-start idled facilities such as St Charles ethylenecracker near Hahnville in Louisiana.
– Improve flexibility of ethylenecracker to accept shale gas feedstock such as in Plaquemine facility in Louisiana and at Dow Texas Operations
Regarding the propylene projectDow decided to integrate its production to take advantage of the low propane cost as row material.
To save time on taking advantage of this propyleneintegrated strategy, Dow signed in December 2011 a license agreement with Honeywell-UOP to use the C3 Oleflex TM technology to convert shale gaspropane into polymer gradepropylene by propane dehydrogenation.
Fluor is performing the EPCM contract from its Houston office in Texas with the support from its Philippines office.
This contract is part of Fluor Strategic Global Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Construction Management Agreement signed with Dow in 2012 for its greenfield projectsacross the world.
In January 2013,Dow ordered the long lead items for a first production unit of 750,000 t/y of on-purposepropylene based on Honeywell-UOP technology and to come on stream in 2015.
Then and since the production of on-purposepropylene out of shale gaspropane is becoming a core business, Dow is developing its own technology for a second production unit expected to run into commercial operations in 2018.
Dow estimated these ethylene and propyleneGulf Coast projects in Freeport, Texas, USA, to cost $4 billion capital expenditure.
Dow to add units to Texas Freeport ethylene cracker
In March 2013, Dow unveils the next phases of its US Gulf Coast Investment Plan with series of additional projects for high performance plastics.
Through its US Gulf Coast Investment Plan and the support from Technip and Fluor for FEED and EPCM work on Freeportethylene, propylene and high performances plastics, Dow Chemical is gearing up its strategic relocation into the USA for its main chemical activities by 2017.