Thursday 7 October 2021

Dow unveils plans to build net zero ethylene plant in Alberta

Dow unveils plans to build net zero ethylene plant in Alberta

Dow has announced plans to build what it claims will be the world's first net zero carbon emissions ethylene plant in Alberta.

The project would more than triple the company's ethylene and polyethylene capacity at Fort Saskatchewan while retrofitting its entire assets at the site to net zero emissions.

Dow expects the new brownfield ethylene cracker to add around 1.8 million metric tons of capacity in a phased manner through 2030 and along with derivatives capacity and site retrofit investments will enable it to produce and supply around 3.2 million metric tons of certified low to zero carbon emissions polyethylene and ethylene derivates.

It would decarbonise around 20% of the company's global ethylene capacity while growing polyethylene supply by around 15%.

The project supports Dow's targets to reduce its emissions by 30% by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Chairman and CEO Jim Fitterling said: “This investment builds on Dow's strong leadership position and allows us to meet the increasing needs of customers and brand owners seeking to lower the carbon footprint of their products.

“Our advantaged position and disciplined approach to capital investment makes us well positioned to lead the industry in decarbonising, growing and accelerating Dow's path toward carbon neutrality.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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