Blast shuts Chemtrade Texas sulphuric acid plant

21 August 2008 15:57  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Canadian sulphuric acid producer Chemtrade Logistics shut down its plant in Beaumont, Texas, on Thursday following an explosion, the company said.

The shutdown could cause supply disruptions, said Chemtrade's chief financial officer Rohit Bhardwaj.

The blast happened at about 01:20 Houston time (06:20 GMT) in the plant's furnace while the facility was being brought back on line, Chemtrade said.

Earlier, the plant had been shut down for maintenance, the company said. The work, which involved replacing a heat exchanger, is not believed to have caused the explosion.

Chemtrade said it did not know what caused the explosion or when the plant would return online.

The Beaumont plant is the largest of Chemtrade's five sulphuric acid plants.

The explosion caused no off-site environmental releases, Chemtrade said. Two workers were injured and taken to hospital.

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