|WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORP filed this Form 10-Q on 05/03/2018|
WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(in millions of dollars, except share amounts and per share data)
On October 6, 2017, PolyOne filed suit against the Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky seeking for the court — instead of the arbitration panel — to resolve claims asserted by the Company in the arbitration proceedings related to reimbursement of costs incurred by the Company at the Calvert City complex. PolyOne is seeking a declaratory judgment from the court that costs claimed by the Company in the arbitration are not covered under the 2007 settlement agreement and thus are not within the jurisdiction of the arbitration panel. In response, the Company has filed a motion to dismiss asserting that PolyOne's jurisdictional claims are unfounded and that the arbitration panel has jurisdiction over Westlake's claims for cost reimbursement under the arbitration agreement contained within the 2007 settlement agreement.
At this time, since the proceedings are in an early stage, the Company is not able to estimate the impact, if any, that the arbitration proceeding could have on the Company's consolidated financial statements in three months ended March 31, 2018 and later years. Any cash expenditures that the Company might incur in the future with respect to the remediation of contamination at the Calvert City complex would likely be spread out over an extended period. As a result, the Company believes it is unlikely that any remediation costs allocable to it will be material in terms of expenditures made in any individual reporting period.
Environmental Remediation: Reasonably Possible Matters. The Company's assessment of the potential impact of environmental contingencies is subject to considerable uncertainty due to the complex, ongoing and evolving process of investigation and remediation, if necessary, of such environmental contingencies, and the potential for technological and regulatory developments. As such, in addition to the amounts currently reserved, the Company may be subject to reasonably possible loss contingencies related to environmental matters in the range of $55 to $110.
Commitments. The Company became a party to a joint venture investment with Lotte Chemical USA Corporation to build an ethylene facility, LACC. The ethylene facility is located adjacent to the Company's vinyls facility in Lake Charles. Pursuant to the contribution and subscription agreement, the Company agreed to make a maximum capital commitment to LACC of up to $225 to fund the construction costs of the ethylene plant, which represents approximately 10% of the interests in LACC. The construction of the ethylene plant commenced in January 2016, with an anticipated start-up in 2019. As of March 31, 2018, the Company had funded approximately $141 of the Company's portion of the construction costs of the ethylene plant.
13. Segment Information
The Company operates in two principal operating segments: Olefins and Vinyls. These segments are strategic business units that offer a variety of different products. The Company manages each segment separately as each business requires different technology and marketing strategies.