MIDLAND, MICH. - Dow Chemical Co. of Midland announced it will expand capacity of its epichlorohydrin plant in Freeport, Texas. The expansion, expected to be completed by late 1998, will add 250 million pounds of epichlorohydrin per year, Dow's Epoxy Products and Intermediates business said. Currently, Dow produces 700 million pounds of epichlorohydrin in Freeport and Stade, Germany.
Epichlorohydrin is a raw material used to produce epoxy resins, synthetic glycerine and specialty polymers.
HOUSTON - Solvay Polymers Inc. of Houston has started its new gas-phase polypropylene line in Deer Park, Texas.
The expansion, combined with streamlining of existing lines, will boost Solvay's PP capacity from 440 pounds per year to 770 million pounds per year. The new line enables Solvay to produce high-impact and very high-impact copolymers, and it also bolsters production of homopolymers and random copolymers.
PASCAGOULA, MISS. - Chevron Corp. will spend $200 million to double capacity at its paraxylene plant in Pascagoula.
Construction is set to begin by January. Current annual output for paraxylene-used to make polyester fibers, plastic bottles and films-is 500 million pounds. When completed, the capacity will total more than 1 billion pounds per year. Chevron expects the worldwide paraxylene market to grow 7 percent annually through 2000, said John Gaston, Fiber Intermediates general manager, U.S. Chemicals Division.
CLEVELAND - BFGoodrich Co.'s Telene Products Division started its new dicyclopentadiene operation in Calvert City, Ky.
The plant is producing 97 percent pure DCPD, used in specialty resins, coatings and catalyst marekts. The product is sold under the trade name Ultrene Dicyclopentadiene.
The unit also includes a parts plant in Elyria, Ohio, and an applications development facility in Brecksville, Ohio. BFGoodrich is based in Cleveland.
KINGSPORT, TENN. - Eastman Chemical Co. announced Oct. 31 it will not participate with Lyondell Petrochemical Co., Union Carbide Corp. and Quantum Chemical Co. to build an olefins production facility at Lyondell's Channelview Petrochemical Complex in Texas. The three firms said in July that they intended to build a cracker at the Channelview facility to produce 2 billion pounds of ethylene a year. The reactor also would produce small amounts of propylene.
After studying the project and its options for buying ethylene monomer, Kingsport-based Eastman said it decided to move away from a fully integrated position in olefins to a net-buyer position.
Lyondell, Carbide and Quantum said they will evaluate their options, including proceeding with or without a fourth partner, and reducing the plant's capacity.
LEOMINSTER, MASS. - AlphaGary Corp. has completed a $9.1 million addition to its Pineville, N.C., compounding plant.
The expansion allows AlphaGary to produce an additional 35 million pounds of compounds a year for use in medical, wire and cable, and building/construction products. The 60,000-square-foot addition features two new manufacturing lines.
AlphaGary is headquartered in Leominster.
SALT LAKE CITY - Huntsman Corp. bolstered its railroad service and completed a styrene monomer storage project at its Belpre, Ohio, polystyrene manufacturing plant.
The $11.2 million project includes $8 million for two new storage tanks that can hold a 30-day supply of styrene for polystyrene production.
A $3.2 million railroad project includes an 85-railcar storage yard, a 20-railcar inbound/outbound line, a tie-in with existing bulk loading spurs and a third track spur for bulk loading.
Huntsman is based in Salt Lake City.