US Formosa Plastics reports leak at Texas chlor-alkali plant

23 June 2011 18:22  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A state filing on Thursday showed a leak at US chlor-alkali producer Formosa Plastics’s Point Comfort, Texas, plant, but the company said no production was affected.  

Released contaminants included ethylene dichloride (EDC), vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and hydrochloric acid (HCl), Formosa said in a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). EDC and VCM are precursor materials to polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a widely used plastic resin.

The filing stated the event lasted on Wednesday from 6:15-13:30 hours Point Comfort time (11:15-18:30 GMT).

Formosa Plastics spokesman Steve Rice said production was not affected.

Formosa Plastic’s Point Comfort facility has a listed PVC capacity of 625,000 tonnes/year, a listed EDC capacity of 1.13m tonnes/year and a listed VCM capacity of 560,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.

For more on Formosa’s Point Comfort plant visit ICIS plants and projects
For more on chlor alkalis visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Ruth Liao
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