Dow Says Most of St. Charles Plant Running, Cracker Restarting

Dow Chemical Co., the largest U.S. chemical maker, restarted all operations at its St. Charles chemical plant in Louisiana with the exception the steam cracker, said Gregory Baldwin, a company spokesman.

“St. Charles Operations is back up and running, with the exception of the ethylene cracker,” Baldwin, who is based at the company headquarters in Midland, Michigan, said in an e-mail today. “Cracker restart is progressing,” he said.

A Jan. 3 power interruption caused a loss of electrical power to the manufacturing site, Baldwin said in January.

The facility, called a cracker, splits oil products like naphtha and liquefied petroleum gases through pressure and heat. Outages can increase prices for ethylene and propylene as companies turn to spot markets to help them meet supply contracts.

The St. Charles plant is a Union Carbide Corporation site, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow, according to the company website.

The chemical plant is located on the U.S. Gulf Coast in Hahnville, Louisiana, which is about 28 miles (45 kilometers) west of New Orleans.

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