HOUSTON (AP) -- Westlake Chemical Corp. said Friday it will build a new chlor alkali plant in Louisiana, nearly doubling its production capacity.
The new facility will be located in Westlake's vinyls manufacturing complex in Geismar, and construction is expected to cost $250 million to $300 million. It is expected to produce an estimated 250,000 electro chemicals units per year, giving Westlake a total capacity of 525,000 per year.
Westlake plans to bring the plant online in the first half of 2011, and said it will create about 100 permanent jobs and 400 to 500 construction jobs. Construction will partly be paid for with Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds.