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May Sees 11% of U.S. Ethylene Capacity Offline, an Industrial Info News Alert


June 8, 2011 - SUGAR LAND, TX

Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- U.S. ethylene producers experienced a significant level of downtime during the month of May, with nearly 11% of the total production capacity offline for planned and unplanned turnarounds. Five ethylene units totaling 6.4 billion pounds per year of capacity were offline last month.

Westlake Monomers Corporation (Houston, Texas), a subsidiary of Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK) (Houston, Texas), shut down its ethylene unit at its plant in Calvert City, Kentucky, for 15 days on May 8.

Industrial Info is tracking more than $4 billion in capital and maintenance projects in plants producing ethylene in the United States. Industrial Info's Ethylene Database helps identify, pursue, and track opportunities associated with maintenance turnaround work on ethylene units in North America and South America.

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