01 September 2011 14:02 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Formosa Plastics on Thursday began the shutdown process at its Point Comfort Olefins II cracker in Texas for a 40-day turnaround.
Emissions associated with the shutdown procedure were expected to last until Friday, the company said in a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
The 816,000 tonne/year unit is scheduled to resume production on 10 October, a company spokesperson said.
The US has three other crackers with scheduled shutdowns in September/October.
ExxonMobil is expected to shut down its Baton Rouge cracker in Louisiana this week for a 45–day turnaround. The unit has 1m tonnes/year of capacity.
Shell is scheduled to follow with a 45-day turnaround on 1 October at its 835,000 tonne/year Deer Park plant in Texas, while Dow Chemical will shut down its 610,000 tonne/year St Charles cracker in Louisiana on 10 October for 30 days.
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