Flint Hills reports flaring at Texas cracker, cites steam loss

21 March 2012 20:49  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Flint Hills Resources (FHR) reported flaring from its Port Arthur cracker in Texas, citing a loss of steam supply in a public filing on Wednesday.

FHR said steam supply from a third-party provider started to decrease on Tuesday during heavy rains and thunderstorms in southeast Texas.

"Due to the steam loss, operations began routing process material to the light olefins unit (LOU) flare," the company said in the filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The cracked gas compressor, ethylene refrigeration compressor and associated equipment were shut down to minimise the impact of the steam loss, FHR added.

The disruption in Port Arthur came only days after the company said it planned to reduce rates at the cracker and potentially shut down the unit because of a steam leak.

Information on the operational status of the cracker was not immediately available, but one source early on Wednesday said the unit was in the process of being restarted.

FHR has not responded 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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