Propylene production begins in Freeport as Dow Chemical Co. expands its $4B Texas gulf initiativePropylene production begins in Freeport as Dow Chemical Co. expands its $4B Texas gulf initiativehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=115912015-12-22T06:00:00Z2015-12-22T20:00:00Z

​​FREEPORT - The Dow Chemical Co. began production at its massive propylene production facility at the company's Oyster Creek site in Freeport on December 18.

The plant is part of the company's $4 billion initiative to expand its operations in the Texas Gulf Coast.

Propylene is a main component of plastics. Dow's new site is slated to create about 750 kilotons of propylene annually, making it one of the largest facilities of its kind.

In addition to the propylene plant, Dow is also underway on a world-scale ethylene production facility in Freeport. The company said it is making significant progress on the project but did not disclose an expected completion date.

Together, the Gulf Coast projects will connect low-cost raw materials — namely natural gas — to many of Dow's highest-margin downstream businesses.

Dow Chemical is the second-largest manufacturing firm in Houston based on its number of local full-time employees.

The company announced earlier this month that it would merge with Delaware-based DuPont to create a chemical giant with a combined market capitalization of approximately $130 billion.

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