Westlake Chemical Buys Axiall, Enters NE Cracker Market

bigger fish smaller fishIn December MDN told you that Axiall Corporation, a large petrochemical manufacturer, had made a final investment decision to move ahead and build a $3 billion ethane cracker/petrochemical facility in Louisiana (see Final Decision: Axiall Building Ethane Cracker in LA…NE Ethane?). Based on comments and various news accounts, we shared with you the opinion that its almost certain the plant will be supplied by shale gas from the Marcellus/Utica region (see Axiall Announces New Cracker Plant for LA, Fed by NE Ethane). Axiall owns, among other things, a large petchem plant in Marshall County, WV, the former PPG chemical plant along W.Va. 2 which Axiall bought just three years ago. Last Friday Westlake Chemical, another large petchem manufacturer, announced they are buying Axiall lock, stock and barrel–for $3.8 billion. Among the comments Westlake made is that it “looks forward” to working on the ethane cracker plant in Louisiana. Welcome to the Marcellus, Westlake!…

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