28 November 2011 17:37 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US polyethylene (PE) producer ExxonMobil shut down a reactor line at its Beaumont, Texas, PE plant on 25 November, following an emissions event, according to a public filing available on Monday.
The company said a tube leak caused ethylene to be released from the pressure safety valves of a reactor line, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The company shut down the reactor line for troubleshooting and repair, the filing states.
A company spokesman confirmed the report, but could not provide any further information regarding the incident.
ExxonMobil has a 235,000 tonne/year capacity low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit and a 705,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit at the site, according to ICIS plants and projects.
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