Final shutdown begins for Celanese Pampa plant in Texas

05 January 2009 21:16  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The final shutdown of the Celanese Pampa plant in Texas began this week, the state's Commission on Environmental Quality said on Monday.

A regulatory filing said the shutdown of the plant's north reactor began on 4 January and would end by 26 January, though control devices would be kept up and running throughout the process to minimise emissions.

In November, Celanese notified the plant's 200 workers they would be laid off beginning on 31 December and said removal of all finished product from the site would be completed by 1 March. The Pampa plant produces a range of chemicals including 290,000 tonnes/year of acetic acid and 145,000 tonnes/year of acetic anhydride, according to Celanese.

The Pampa plant's new owner, Australian investment firm Babcock & Brown, has said it plans to use the site for an 800-megawatt coal-fired power plant.

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By: Lane Kelley
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