MRC -- Indorama Ventures has successfully resumed the production of ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol at its Clear Lake facility in Texas, said Chemanalyst.
This resumption follows a planned outage that occurred amid extremely cold weather conditions in the Gulf Coast region earlier in the month, and the company officially confirmed the restart of production over the weekend.
The Texas plant boasts an annual capacity of 355,000 tons of ethylene glycol, constituting nearly 6% of the total capacity in the United States, and 450,000 tons of ethylene oxide, representing almost 7% of the country's overall capacity. Indorama Ventures' strategic location and significant production capacity make it a key player in the ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol market, contributing significantly to the industry landscape.
This development comes on the heels of Dow's plans to recommence operations at its ethylene oxide plant in Plaquemine, Louisiana, USA, during the second quarter of the year. The announcement was made during a conference call on earnings reports. The Plaquemine plant had experienced a fire in July 2023, leading to its closure. The reopening of Dow's facility is crucial for the supply chain, particularly for processed ethanolamines, as the plant transports them through a pipeline to the processor. Other major ethylene glycol manufacturers in the US include Dow, Eastman Chemical, Formosa, Lotte Chemical, LyondellBasell, MEGlobal, Sasol, and Shell Chemical.
Within the ethylene oxide production landscape in the US, notable players alongside Indorama Ventures and Dow include BASF, Eastman Chemical, Formosa, Lotte Chemical, LyondellBasell, Sasol, and Shell Chemical. The collective contribution of these industry leaders shapes the dynamics of the ethylene oxide market in the country.
ndorama Ventures' decision to resume production at its Texas facility aligns with the company's commitment to maintaining operational efficiency and meeting market demands. The resumption is particularly significant given the substantial role of ethylene glycol and ethylene oxide in various industrial applications, including the production of polyester fibers, antifreeze, and other essential chemicals.
As one of the key players in the petrochemical industry, Indorama Ventures plays a pivotal role in the supply chain, contributing to the availability and stability of ethylene glycol and ethylene oxide in the US market. The strategic location of the Clear Lake facility enhances the company's ability to cater to regional and national demands, reinforcing its position as a reliable supplier.
Indorama Ventures' successful resumption of ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol production in Texas underscores the resilience and adaptability of the petrochemical industry. The strategic significance of ethylene glycol and ethylene oxide in various industrial applications, coupled with the broader dynamics of the US market, positions Indorama Ventures as a key player influencing supply chain stability. As the industry continues to navigate challenges, the operational efficiency demonstrated by Indorama Ventures reflects a commitment to meeting market needs and contributing to the overall resilience of the petrochemical sector.
We remind, Ineos revealed the acquisition of LyondellBasell's Ethylene Oxide & Derivatives business, including the production facility in Bayport, Texas, for a sum of $700 million. The deal encompasses a 420kt Ethylene Oxide plant, a 375kt Ethylene Glycols plant, and a 165kt Glycol Ethers plant, along with associated third-party operations at the site. The target completion for this transaction is set for the second quarter of 2024, subject to regulatory and third-party approvals.