Williams lets contract for Geismar expansion

By OGJ editors

Williams Olefins LLC has let a contract to CB&I for services related to expansion of its Geismar, La., petrochemical plant (OGJ Online, Jan. 4, 2012).

The $350-400 million project, based on ethane available in growing amounts from unconventional oil and gas plays, will boost ethylene capacity to 1.95 billion lb/year from 1.35 billion lb/year.

CB&I’s contract, valued at about $300 million, covers the license and basic engineering for ethylene technology; supply of cracking furnaces; and detailed engineering, procurement, and construction of the project.

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