ExxonMobil shuts down reactor at Texas PE plant

06 March 2012 15:50  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US polyethylene (PE) producer ExxonMobil shut down a reactor line at its Beaumont plant in Texas on Sunday, following an emissions event, according to a public filing available on Tuesday.

The company said a tube leak caused ethylene to be released from a high pressure reactor, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The company shut down and depressured the reactor for repair, the filing states.

It was not known whether the unit was still down.

A company spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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.

The company reported similar problems at the Beaumont facility in December, and put LDPE customers on allocation. At the time, a buyer said the allocation was expected to continue through March. It was not clear whether the allocation continued.

By: Michelle Klump
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