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Plant Watch: March 2019

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Sasol begins operating LLDPE unit at Lake Charles site February 13, 2019 — Sasol Ltd. (Johannesburg, South Africa; www.sasol.co.za) announced that its new linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit in Lake Charles, La. has achieved beneficial operations. The LLDPE unit, which uses Univation Technologies’ (Houston; www.univation.com) Unipol PE process to produce 470,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of LLDPE, is one of two LLDPE plants at the site. The second, a 420,000-m.t./yr plant using process technology from ExxonMobil Corp. (Irving, Tex.; www.exxonmobil.com), is scheduled to come online later this year.   Arkema opens new polyester-resin manufacturing facility in India February 13, 2019 — Arkema (Colombes, France; www.arkema.com) inaugurated a new polyester-resin manufacturing facility in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. This $15-million investment includes production capabilities for polyester powder resins marketed under the Reafree trade name. Arkema also produces Reafree resins and runs powder-coating laboratories at its facilities in Sant Celoni, Spain and North Kansas City, Mo.   Chemours triples low-GWP refrigerant production with startup of new plant February 12, 2019 — The Chemours…
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