Chevron Phillips idles another Texas C2 unit

15 December 2008 22:12  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Chevron Phillips Chemical will idle its Port Arthur ethylene (C2) plant in Texas for two months due to continued weak demand for the monomer, the company said on Monday.

The shutdown process began on 15 December, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The 803,000 tonne/year unit in Port Arthur is the third Chevron Phillips olefins plant to go off line in less than a month.

The company on 21 November began to idle its Sweeny 22 ethylene unit, setting no date for the restart of the 295,000 tonne/year cracker.

On 1 December, Chevron Phillips initiated the shutdown of its 803,000 tonne/year Cedar Bayou plant to perform maintenance at the site.

The company said extended maintenance would be performed in Cedar Bayou for up to 30 days, depending on market conditions.

Recently, other producers have started reductions and stoppages at olefins plants in the US.

Dow Chemical said on 4 December that it would cut production at its 1.6m tonne/year Freeport complex in Texas to less than 40% of capacity. Dow has 75 production units in Freeport, including two crackers.

Flint Hills Resources said on 1 December it would idle its 621,000 tonne/year unit in Port Arthur, Texas, for an unspecified length of time.

Flint Hills Resources said on 6 November it would permanently shut down its 348,000 tonne/year plant in Odessa, Texas, in the first half of 2009.

Formosa began a 35-day turnaround in the first week of November at its 680,000 tonne/year Point Comfort I plant in Texas.

Equistar announced on 31 October that it would shut down its 789,000 tonne/year plant in La Porte, Texas. The plant should be off line for up to three months. 

ExxonMobil took its 826,000 tonne/year facility off line in Beaumont, Texas. The unit has been off line since September due to hurricanes. Restart is unknown.

DuPont took its 680,000 tonne/year facility off line in Orange, Texas. The unit has been off line since September due to hurricanes. Restart is unknown.

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By: William Lemos
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