Dow Completes Maintenance at Plaquemine Polyethylene Unit
Dow Chemical has completed a 14-day maintenance turnaround on the Polyethylene A area Train 5 at its plant in Plaquemine, Louisiana. Industrial Info is tracking more than $1 billion in project activity at the Plaquemine plant, including a $450 million Poly D low density polyethylene unit addition that is slated for completion later this year. Dow has extended U.S. growth projects to more than $12 billion over a 10-year period. (Outage: 331803) (Plant: 1012801)

LNG Shipments From Sabine Pass Fall in March
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana fell to 43.5 billion cubic feet in March from 52.0 billion cubic feet in February (Department of Energy). For the first three months of this year, LNG shipments from Sabine Pass totaled 146.7 billion cubic feet. During the just-ended quarter, Cheniere loaded 43 liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes from Sabine Pass, and began production and shipment of cargoes from its new Train 3 production line. The cargoes were sent to 16 countries. South Korea's Kogas' Hyundai Princepia is heading toward the Sabine Pass facility and will probably load the first commercial LNG cargo from Train 3 (Argus Media). (Plant ID: 3007400)

Shell Plans to Restart Hydrocracker Unit at Convent Refinery after Lengthy Outage
Shell plant personnel hope to restart the 45,000 barrel-per-day (BBL/d) H-Oil Hydrocracker (both trains) unit at its 230,000-BBL/d Convent, Louisiana, refinery next week. The unit hasn’t been fully restarted since a fire shut down the unit on August 11, 2016. One of the two trains ran from December 31 to early March, but was shut down in order to recouple the two trains. Shell had planned to fully restart both trains by March 26, but another fire delayed those plans. (Outage: 219944) (Plant: 1005121)

Georgia Power, Westinghouse, Reach Management Transition Agreement for Vogtle Nuclear Expansion
Georgia Power and Westinghouse have reached a new service agreement, which allows for the transition of management of the Vogtle Nuclear Plant expansion project from Westinghouse to Southern Nuclear and Georgia Power, once the current engineering, procurement and construction contract is rejected in Westinghouse's bankruptcy proceeding. Westinghouse declared bankruptcy in late March. Under an interim assessment period that runs until June 3, work will continue at the site and a transition of project management will begin. (Plant: 1011962)

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