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Westlake Chemical Begins Ethylene Capacity Expansion Project in Lake Charles, LA

HOUSTON, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Westlake Chemical Corporation's (NYSE: WLK) previously announced expansion of the Petro 2 ethylene unit at its complex in Lake Charles, LA has begun. This expansion will be completed in conjunction with a planned maintenance turnaround and will increase ethane-based ethylene capacity by approximately 230 - 240 million pounds annually in support of the Company's ethylene integration strategy. The unit is expected to be down approximately 60 days for the work to be completed.

Westlake Chemical Corporation is a manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and building products with headquarters in Houston, Texas.  The company's range of products includes:  ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, propylene, caustic, VCM, PVC and PVC pipe, windows and fence.  For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.westlake.com.

Westlake Chemical Corporation (WLK)

The statements in this release relating to the expansion of capacity, as well as any other matters that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties.  Actual results could differ materially.  For more detailed information about factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, please refer to Westlake's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, which was filed in February 2012.

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