US LyondellBasell shuts Channelview unit on furnace problem

18 August 2010 19:53  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--LyondellBasell shut down a unit at its refinery in Channelview, Texas, due to a furnace upset, the company said on Wednesday.

The company said the problem affected its methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) units, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

However, LyondellBasell did not specify which unit it shut down at the refinery.

LyondellBassell cut MTBE production by nearly two-thirds, to 12,000-15,000 bbl/day, once it began making ETBE in the fourth quarter. 

A spokesman for the company did not immediately respond to calls for comment.

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By: Ben Lefebvre
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