US Flint Hills Texas olefins unit may start up during the weekend

28 July 2011 23:08  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The Flint Hills Resources (FHR) light olefins unit (LOU) at Port Arthur, Texas, may start up during the weekend of 30-31 July, market sources said on Thursday.

One source said the unit might remain down through the weekend, but another understood that a restart was planned for the weekend, with full operating rates possible by Monday.

US-based FHR’s LOU shut down over the weekend of 23-24 July because of steam loss from a third-party supplier, according to a filing with state regulators on Monday.

The third-party supplier in question was Motiva, one source said.

The Port Arthur facility has an ethylene capacity of 621,100 tonnes/year, and a propylene capacity of 365,000 tonnes/year.

A spokesperson for FHR could not be reached for comment.

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By: Samuel Weatherlake
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