Explosion reported at Texas acrylic acid plant

09 December 2009 16:05  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--An explosion occurred at an acrylic acid plant near Houston, media reports said on Wednesday.

The plant is owned by American Acryl, according to a report by Fox 26 News.

Police arrived at the site after 9:00 hours Houston time (15:00 GMT), and found a large plume of smoke, according to Fox, which quoted Chuck Pinto, city manager of Seabrook.

By roughly 9:45 hours, Fox reported that the fire was mostly out.

A shelter in place order was in effect for the area, Fox said. No injuries or deaths were immediately reported.

American Acryl is a joint venture that includes French producer Arkema and Japanese producer Nippon Shokubai.

Arkema was not immediately available for comment.

Officials from the city of Seabrook were not immediately available for comment.

The American Acryl plant has the capacity to produce 140,000 tonnes/year of crude acrylic acid and also produces glacial acrylic acid and butyl acrylate (BA) ester, according to ICIS news.

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By: Al Greenwood
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