- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

CARLYSS, La. (AP) - A Thai company is one step closer to restarting an ethane cracker in Calcasieu Parish.

The American Press (https://bit.ly/2clhfdV) reports Indorama Ventures has received a state air pollution permit allowing it to begin repairing a dormant ethane cracker that was shut down in 2001 by Equistar.

The company says the air permit means it can begin refurbishment about a month earlier than planned. Louisiana issued a water pollution permit in June.

Indorama plans to hire 100 permanent workers as part of the $175 million project, aiming to restart production in 2017.

The cracker will make 370,000 metric tons per year of ethylene and 30,000 metric tons of propylene. Most output will be used to make plastics.

The unit was originally built as part of the adjoining Citgo refinery in 1942.

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Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com


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