DowDuPont has started up its new integrated world-scale ethylene production facility and polyethylene production facility in Freeport, Texas, the company announced today. Both units will continue to ramp up through the third quarter and are expected to reach full rates in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Industrial Info has tracked the ethylene unit project since May 2011 and the polyethylene project since April 2014.

The ethylene production facility has an initial nameplate capacity of 1.5 million metric tons per year. As part of DowDuPont’s next wave of growth investments, the unit will be expanded to 2 million metric tons, making it the world’s largest ethylene facility, according to the company.

The 400,000-metric-ton-per-year ELITE polyethylene production unit is the first of four new derivative units at DowDuPont’s manufacturing sites in Texas and Louisiana. The polyethylene resins are used in multiple types of flexible food and industrial packaging applications.

“These facilities are an integral part of Dow’s investments on the U.S. Gulf Coast to meet increasing consumer-led demand in our core market verticals of packaging, infrastructure and consumer care, and will enable our next level of earnings and cash flow growth,” DowDuPont Executive Chairman Andrew Liveris said in a press statement.

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