OxyChem probes cause of propylene leak at Texas VCM plant

25 March 2011 23:11  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Occidental Chemical (OxyChem) is investigating the cause of a propylene leak earlier this week at its vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant at La Porte, Texas, the company said on Friday.

The 9,000 lb (4.08 tonne) leak occurred at OxyChem’s OxyVinyls plant on Wednesday, according to a report from the US National Response Center.

The leak was contained to the plant site, according to an OxyChem spokesman. No injuries occurred, and no equipment damage was reported.

According to the report, the leak occurred at a compressor.

Propylene is a refrigerant used in the manufacturing process of VCM, which is used in making polyvinyl chloride (PVC), OxyChem said.

The spokesman said the company would take measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Additional reporting by William Lemos and Brian Ford

For more information on propylene and VCM, visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Ruth Liao
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