Chevron Phillips begins Texas cracker restart

12 January 2009 21:43  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Chevron Phillips Chemical expected major flare activity on Monday during the restart of its Cedar Bayou olefins plant in Texas, the company said in a filing with state regulators.

The 803,000 tonne/year unit was taken off line in early December for maintenance.

Chevron Phillips did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cedar Bayou was one of three crackers Chevron Phillips shut down in the last two months.

The company idled its 295,000 tonne/year Sweeny 22 ethylene unit in Texas in late November due to weak demand for the product.

On 15 December, Chevron Phillips began to shut down its 803,000 tonnes/year Port Arthur ethylene plant in Texas, also citing continued weak demand.

The company did not say in earlier filings with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) when the Sweeny 22 or Port Arthur units would be restarted.

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By: William Lemos
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