LyondellBasell to hike Texas cracker rate on new feedstock supply

11 February 2011 23:35  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--LyondellBasell will soon increase operating rates at its La Porte cracker in Texas as it has secured alternative pipelines to use for feedstock, the company said on Friday.

“At La Porte, we have been able to increase our olefins feedstock supply flexibility using alternate pipelines, which will allow us to increase operating rates,” LyondellBasell said.

The company had cut rates following the Tuesday fire at Enterprise Products’s natural gas liquids (NGL) facility in Mont Belvieu, Texas, which limited ethane supply.

LyondellBasell has 789,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity in La Porte, according to ICIS plants and projects.

“We are continuing to address logistics that will enable us to return to full rates,” the company added.

Meanwhile, LyondellBasell said it was returning its olefins units in Channelview, Texas, to the same feedstocks it had in place prior to the Enterprise fire.

LyondellBasell’s operations in Channelview had not been interrupted, the company said, because that complex contained an adjustable feedstocks.

LyondellBasell operates two crackers in Channelview, each with a capacity of 873,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.

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By: Ben DuBose
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