Axiall Announces New Cracker Plant for LA, Fed by NE Ethane

Georgia Gulf, now a huge chemical manufacturer, was founded in 1985 in Atlanta, GA. The company purchased the commodity chemicals business of PPG in early 2013 and renamed the combined company Axiall Corporation. In buying the PPG properties, Axiall inherited a large chemical plant operation in Natrium (Marshall County), WV–in the heart of the Marcellus/Utica.

Axiall announced last week they plan to build a $3 billion ethane cracker plant. However, they aren’t building it in the northeast near their chemical plant operations. Instead, Axiall plans to build their new cracker plant in Louisiana where they already have three other “major manufacturing facilities.” The new cracker, if built (all companies are careful to couch their language on that point) will no doubt be fed by Marcellus and Utica Shale ethane and (possibly) ethane from other plays. The new plant will not be online until 2018 at the earliest…

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