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Dow Chemical restarts Louisiana ethylene plant

The St. Charles plant, which was idled in January 2009, is expected to deliver a $150 million increase in EBITDA in 2013.



MIDLAND, Mich.—The Dow Chemical Co. has restarted its St. Charles Olefins 2 Plant near Hahnville, La.

The facility began producing on-spec ethylene on December 25, 2012.

The St. Charles plant, which was idled in January 2009, is expected to deliver a $150 million increase in EBITDA in 2013.

“The start-up of our St. Charles ethylene plant represents the first major milestone within our U.S. Gulf Coast investment strategy,” said Brian Ames, president, Dow Olefins, Aromatics and Alternatives. “This action further reduces the company’s purchased ethylene, lowering costs and strengthening the competitiveness of our high-margin, high-growth derivatives businesses.”

This milestone is part of Dow’s plan to further connect its U.S. operations with cost-advantaged feedstocks from increasing supplies of U.S. shale gas.

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