(BUSINESS WIRE) The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) today announced its new world-scale propane dehydrogenation unit (PDH) located at the Company’s Oyster Creek site in Freeport, Texas, has begun commercial operations. The start-up of this unit is the most recent milestone in Dow’s comprehensive plan to further integrate its U.S. operations with cost-advantaged feedstocks from increasing supplies of U.S. shale gas.
“This milestone solidifies our first-mover advantage by bringing our investments in the U.S. Gulf Coast to fruition,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow’s chairman and chief executive officer. “This is another important step in executing Dow’s global growth strategy, further increasing our feedstock flexibility by harnessing the value of integration and positioning the Company for growth in attractive, fast-growing markets.”
Capacity for the new propylene production facility is 750 KTA, making it the largest on demand propylene facility of its kind, and the largest and most advanced Honeywell UOP Oleflex™ unit ever built.
“Our investments in ethylene and propylene integration significantly reduce third-party purchases and improve the raw material costs to Dow’s high-value derivatives businesses,” said James R. Fitterling, vice chairman and chief operating officer. “Our Gulf Coast investments will serve as a solid base for long-term growth while further bolstering our market competitiveness and improving our structural feedstock hedge.”