US Dow reports reactor upset at Texas PE plant

30 January 2012 15:25  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based Dow Chemical reported a decomposition reaction in one of the reactors at its polyethylene (PE) plant in Freeport, Texas, according to a government filing made available on Monday.

The company was in the process of investigating the cause of the event, it said in a 28 January filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

A second filing with the TCEQ two hours later indicated the company was completing a maintenance procedure to clear residual carbon from the reactor.

It was not clear whether the unit had been restarted, or whether there was any lost production at the plant. A company spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dow has two low density polyethylene (LDPE) units at its Freeport chemical complex with a combined capacity of 202,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects. It also has a 255,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit at the site.

For more on Dow’s plants, visit ICIS plants and projects

By: Michelle Klump
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