Lyondell to Restart PO/SM Unit at Channelview

August 13, 2009




HOUSTON, August 13, 2009 – Lyondell Chemical Company today announced that a propylene oxide / styrene monomer (PO/SM) unit at Channelview, Texas, will return to service in September due to increased demand for propylene oxide and its derivatives. The unit was temporarily idled in December 2008 due to declining market and economic conditions.

"Market conditions for propylene oxide are improving and we have the available capacity to support the increased demand," said Patrick Quarles, Senior Vice President of Intermediates & Derivatives for LyondellBasell. "Having three world-scale PO facilities in North America and three in Europe provides us with considerable flexibility. We are committed to remaining a leading supplier of propylene oxide and derivatives including propylene glycol."

LyondellBasell, through its global businesses and joint ventures, has the capacity to produce nearly 4.6 billion pounds per year of propylene oxide at facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia. These facilities include two units at Channelview, as well as propylene oxide units at Pasadena, Texas, at Botlek and Maasvlakte, Netherlands, Fos-sur-Mer, France, and a joint venture in Japan. In addition, an indirect subsidiary of LyondellBasell is a partner in a joint venture site in Ningbo, China, currently under construction.

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Lyondell Chemical Company is an indirect subsidiary of LyondellBasell Industries, one of the world’s largest polymers, petrochemicals and fuels companies. LyondellBasell is the global leader in polyolefins technology, production and marketing; a pioneer in propylene oxide and derivatives; and a significant producer of fuels and refined products, including biofuels. Through research and development, LyondellBasell develops innovative materials and technologies that deliver exceptional customer value and products that improve quality of life for people around the world. LyondellBasell ( is privately owned by ProChemie GmbH, a joint venture of Access Industries and ProChemie Holding Ltd.

Source: LyondellBasell Industries

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