Shell shuts down Texas olefins unit after steam line leak

23 August 2010 17:18  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Shell shut down its Olefins 2 unit in Deer Park, Texas, over the weekend to repair a hole in a steam line, the company reported in a public filing available on Monday.

The report with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) said emissions from the shutdown were expected to occur until mid-day on Monday.

Shell has two crackers in Deer Park with a total ethylene capacity of around 1.84bn lb/year (835,000 tonnes/year).

According to a market source, the leak in a high pressure steam line was likely to take at least one week to repair, but was not expected to require a long-term outage.

Shell spokesperson Chris Bozman declined to comment on operational or supply issues, citing company policy.

Spot ethylene for September delivery was heard offered at 41.00 cents/lb ($904/tonne, €714/tonne) on Monday, up 1 cent/lb from the previous Friday.

($1 = €0.79)

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By: David Barry
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