Dow suspends dock operations at two factory sites in Louisiana

16-May-11
USA’s largest chemical maker Dow Chemical Co will suspend dock operations at two factory sites in Louisiana tomorrow as a precaution against potential flooding from the swollen Mississippi River, as per Bloomberg. Though the company does not expect floods at its Plaquemine and St. Charles sites, it is suspending dock work based on water-level projections. The duration of the suspensions and the effect on production and sales is undisclosed. The Mississippi and Ohio rivers, swollen by heavy rain and melted snow, have been inundating cities and towns, flooding cropland and disrupting shipping. Dow has three ethylene plants along the Mississippi River in Louisiana. South of Baton Rouge are Plaquemine 2, which can produce 499,000 tpa of ethylene, Plaquemine 3 which can produce 758,000 tons, Taft 1 at the St. Charles site in Hahnville is, which can make 610,000 tpa of ethylene.
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