US FHR starts maintenance at Port Arthur olefins plant

25 March 2010 17:50  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Flint Hills Resources was clearing material from equipment at its Port Arthur olefins unit in Texas in preparation for maintenance, the company said in a public filing on Thursday.

A company spokeswoman would not provide further details, so it was unclear whether the entire olefins unit or just an isolated piece of equipment would be shut down for maintenance.

Emissions related to the clearing and purging of an exchanger were expected to occur for about an hour on 24 March, the company said in the filing.

According to Flint Hills Resources’ web site, the Port Arthur cracker has a nameplate capacity of nearly 1.4bn lb/year of ethylene and 700m lb/year of chemical-grade propylene (CGP), which are both sold into the merchant market through pipelines to the US Gulf coast and lower Mississippi valley.

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By: David Barry
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