US DuPont shuts down Texas aniline unit after leak

03 November 2011 21:20  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US DuPont shut down an aniline unit in Texas on Thursday following a chemical release, the company said.

DuPont spokesman Aaron Woods said a release of liquid aniline occurred at 08:30 hours Houston time (13:30 hours GMT) at the company’s plant at Beaumont.

No injuries were reported.

“What we know at this time is that during plant start-up, a release of liquid aniline occurred through a safety relief valve,” Woods said.

“We had 26 workers who were evaluated by the site physician and released,” Woods said.

A shelter-in-place order was in effect for the site, he said. “The release was confined to the site,” he added.

Woods said he did not know when the plant would be restarted.

The cause of the release will be investigated as soon as the plant site is cleared for safety purposes, he said.

The aniline unit has a capacity of 150,000 tonnes, according to ICIS plants and projects.

Aniline is used in the manufacture of methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI).

By: Brian Ford
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