Dow Argentina Planning 2018 Cracker, PE Expansions

S&P Global Platts, November 14, 2017

Dow Chemical's steam crackers in Argentina will reportedly undergo a one-month maintenance in the second or third quarter of 2018, a company source said Monday on the sidelines of the Latin American Petrochemical Meeting in Rio de Janeiro. The maintenance is part of Dow's plan to invest more than $200 million in Argentina from 2018-19, the source said. Dow will also reportedly suspend all Polyethylene (PE) production at its Bahia Blanca petrochemical complex during the maintenance to undergo debottlenecking that will result in a minimal capacity addition for both the crackers and PE lines, the source said. Plans for further expansion -- including possibly building another steam cracker and additional PE production -- is still being considered by Dow, the source said, adding Bahia Blanca has been running at full rates in recent months.

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