ExxonMobil shuts down line at Texas PE plant

19 April 2012 14:55  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US polyethylene (PE) producer ExxonMobil shut down a high pressure unit at its Beaumont, Texas, PE plant on 17 April, following an emissions event, according to a public filing available on Thursday.

The company said an intercooler tube developed a leak, causing ethylene to be released from a high pressure unit, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The company shut down the unit to replace the failed intercooler U-bend, the filing states.

It was not clear whether the unit was still shut 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.

The company reported additional problems at the plant, also relating to a  high pressure line, on 4 March and 20 March.


By: Michelle Klump
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