Dow Chemical Canada Inc. is planning a US$41 mln on expansion at its Prentiss polyethylene plant. The expansion project will take two years to complete and will comprise addition of new rail lines and installation of additional equipment to produce new grades of polyethylene using butene as feedstock. Three new rail sidings will be built on the northern edge of the site, providing room for 85 rail cars to store the pellets produced at the complex. Three shorter lines will be used to store rail cars full of butene, the feedstock used for the new addition. Another section of track will be built to improve movement of rail cars on the site and a new tank unloading area will be added. Among changes proposed by Dow is to a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week rail car unloading and loading system. Currently, loading and unloading only takes place between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
First phase of construction is expected to begin in May 2011 and be completed by October 2011. Second phase will be built from May to October 2012. Prentiss is home to Dow’s polyethylene plant, and two ethylene glycol plants operated by MEGlobal, a joint venture between Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) of Kuwait, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, and The Dow Chemical Company.