22 October 2010 16:40 [Source: ICIS news]
(adds comments from ExxonMobil, paragraph 3)
HOUSTON (ICIS)--ExxonMobil reported a production upset at its Baton Rouge butadiene (BD) plant in Louisiana, according to a public filing available on Friday.
The cause of the upset was unknown, ExxonMobil said, adding that it had released BD to the flare stack as a result of the problem.
An ExxonMobil spokesperson said the production upset was a minor issue with no impact on production.
ExxonMobil has 175,000 tonnes/year of BD capacity in Baton Rouge. The company also has a 150,000 tonne/year BD extraction unit in Baytown, Texas.
BD is a key feedstock used for synthetic rubber production. The colourless liquefied gas is highly flammable with a mild gasoline-like odour.
The product is classified as a known human carcinogen, according to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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