Flint Hills restarts Texas cracker downed by steam outage

03 August 2011 15:20  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based Flint Hills Resources (FHR) resumed production at its Port Arthur cracker in Texas, following a shutdown caused by a disruption in steam supply, market sources said on Wednesday.

The 621,000 tonne/year ethylene production facility went down on the weekend of 23-24 July, according to a filing with state regulators.

An FHR spokesperson declined to comment on the restart.

Two other US crackers in Texas were not running this week, including Huntsman's 193,000 tonne/year unit in Port Neches.

Huntsman shut down the unit last week for a two-week maintenance.

Meanwhile, Eastman on Wednesday halted production at its HCC-4 cracker in Longview to repair a valve on one of the unit's cracking furnances.

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By: William Lemos
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