FHR reports steam leak at US cracker, may shut down unit

16 March 2012 14:02  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Flint Hills Resources (FHR) has reported a steam leak at its Port Arthur cracker in Texas, saying it planned to cut rates and potentially shut down the unit in a public filing on Friday.

FHR said repair efforts to stop the leak have included installing a customised clamp, which reduced the leak but failed to completely stop it.

The cracker would be shut down if additional attempts to repair the leak "on-line" are not successful, the company said in the filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). 

"It does not sound like a major problem, so probably a very short shutdown if required," said a market participant.

FHR did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The company has 621,000 tonnes/year of capacity in Port Arthur.

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By: William Lemos
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