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Dow Chemical Company expands plant capacity.

* The Dow Chemical Company is planning a 100-million pound capacity expansion at Union Carbide's ethanolamines facility in Hahnville, LA. (St. Charles Operations). The addition will bring total capacity at the plant to 340 million pounds a year. The St. Charles facility is fully integrated from ethylene to ethanolamines and employs a monoethanolamine (MEA)-selective process. Therefore, it is well suited to service the growing demand for MEA in the merchant market, as well as the company's ethyleneamines production process, according to Dow Chemical.

This expansion will increase the company's total EOA nameplate capacity on the U.S. Gulf Coast to nearly 800 million pounds (358,000 metric tons) by mid-2007. Dow ethanolamines are manufactured in the U.S. at Port Lavaca, TX (Seadrift Operations) and Hahnville, LA. Dow Chemical also participates in the Asia-Pacific region via the 165 million pounds ethanolamine unit at Optimal Chemicals (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd, a joint venture of Union Carbide and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas). When completed, Dow Chemical will have nearly 1 billion pounds of capacity to serve the growing needs of customers worldwide. More info: www.dow.com.

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Date:Dec 1, 2006
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