Formosa starts PVC maintenance at Point Comfort, Texas

30 December 2008 16:54  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Formosa Plastics shut down its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Reactor F at the Point Comfort plant in Texas on Tuesday for maintenance, according to a filing with state regulators.

A company spokesman said the shutdown was routine and that the holiday period was a suitable time for such an operation.

No schedule for a restart was available, but he described the interruption as minor.

Reactor F is one of a series of PVC units at the Point Comfort plant. The spokesman declined to give details of current operating capacity.

The filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) estimated the maintenance work would cause the release of 14.9 lb (6.8 kg) of feedstock vinyl chloride monomer (VCM).

Formosa Plastics is a privately held company based in Livingston, New Jersey. In addition to Point Comfort, it operates plants at Delaware City in Delaware and Baton Rouge in Louisiana.

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By: Stephen Burns
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