MIDLAND, MICH. (Nov. 11, 1:10 p.m. ET) — Dow Chemical Co. is expected to restart its production of plastic feedstocks ethylene and propylene in Hahnville, La., by the end of 2012.
Production of those materials at the site — known as the St. Charles complex — had ended in late 2009. The restart first was announced by Midland, Mich.-based Dow earlier this year, along with the construction of a new U.S. Gulf Coast ethylene plant and enhancements of feedstock plants in Plaquemine, La., and Freeport, Texas.
Dow plans to build an on-purpose propylene plant in Freeport as well.
Dow spokesman Jamie Ellis confirmed some details of the Hahnville restart in a Nov. 10 phone interview. Restarting ethylene and propylene units there will mark a $250 million investment and will create 35 full-time jobs, as well as several hundred temporary construction jobs, she said.
Overall, Dow's expansions are expected to create 400-500 jobs, Ellis added.
The slate of new projects is being made possible by newfound supplies of natural gas in shale rock and oil sands throughout the U.S. and Canada. The natural gas is being converted into ethane, which is used to make ethylene. New supplies are expected to keep North America competitive in global natural gas markets.