LyondellBasell says North American ethylene expansion program on schedule LyondellBasell announced it has received a key permit required in the company's multi-plant ethylene expansion program which, when fully operational, is expected to increase annual ethylene capacity by an estimated 1.85B pounds, for a total estimated capacity of 11.8B pounds in North America. The ethylene expansion program began in 2013 and represents a total investment of approximately $1.3B in the company's Channelview, La Porte and Corpus Christi, Texas plants which benefit from shale gas production. The required plant modifications are well underway at the La Porte facility and are scheduled to be completed this summer. Start-up at the Channelview plant is planned for early 2015. Construction at Corpus Christi is expected to begin during the second half of this year with start-up scheduled for late 2015. Note the company reissued a corrected version of its press release related to this announcement.
Nomura taking a bullish long-term view on ethylene Nomura believes the market is overestimating the potential decline in ethylene/polyethylene margins. The sees the current global tightness as a bullish sign for 2016-2017 and recommends positioning Dow Chemical (DOW) over LyondellBasell (LYB) due to lower reliance on an upside ethylene margin story.