Dow Chemical has completed construction phase of ethylene production facility in Freeport, Texas, ahead of schedule.
The firm is now progressing through the commissioning phase for the ethylene facility scheduled by mid-year.
Dow president and CEO Jim Fitterling said: “This unit will further enhance Dow’s industry-leading integration and provide the critical building blocks to bolster our competitive advantage in targeted consumer-led markets, including packaging, transportation, infrastructure and consumer care.”
Designed to have nameplate capacity of 1.5 million metric tons, the ethylene production facility is a part of Dow’s $6bn US Gulf Coast investment program, which aims to boost competitiveness of its downstream, consumer-led businesses.
Dow chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris said: “The Freeport ethylene unit is the cornerstone of our $6bn investment in the US Gulf Coast.
“Our growth investments leverage the advantaged shale gas supply available in the US, and represent thousands of new jobs and significant economic value, including exports of approximately 20% of our US production.”
Dow said that the unit will feed its derivative investments which include ELITE Enhanced Polyethylene for high performance flexible food packaging and personal hygiene applications, and new specialty low density polyethylene for industrial and supply chain packaging applications.
It also comprises new NORDEL metallocene EPDM and High Melt Index Specialty and Conventional Polyolefin Elastomers for high-performance flexible packaging, transportation and consumer markets.
Dow’s derivative investments also include bi-modal gas phase de-bottleneck to enable more offerings for high-performance pipe and fitting applications, as well as the cap and closure market.