BP PX unit in Texas is restarting – filing

07 February 2011 17:29  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--BP is restarting a paraxylene (PX) unit in Texas City, Texas, an event for which the company was not immediately available for comment on Monday.

The unit was reported down for maintenance from 1-6 February.

Emissions associated with the start-up began on 5 February and were expected to last to 9 February, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The Texas City complex has a total listed PX capacity of 1.22m tonnes/year. There are three PX production units and one mixed xylene (MX) unit on site, according to the company website.

PX is used as a feedstock for purified terephthalic acid (PTA), which is used in products such as fibreglass and plastic bottles.

Other major US PX producers include Chevron Phillips Chemicals, Flint Hills Resources and ExxonMobil.

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By: Ruth Liao
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