Petrochemical Operations: Dow boosts Terneuzen ethylene capacity to support market growth

Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., is in the final stages of constructing new ethylene capacity via extensive upgrades to its operations in Terneuzen, the Netherlands.The completion of this project will break the region's "expansion drought," said Theo Walthie, Dow's president of hydrocarbons and energy (HC&E) and ethylene oxide and glycols. It marks the first major ethylene expansion in northwestern Europe since mid-1990.With the new capacity coming online in fourth quarter 2001, Dow's total ethylene capacity at Terneuzen will increase by 600,000 tonnes. The facility will become the largest naphtha-cracking ethylene site in the world with annual production of 1.7 million tonne...

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