LSB gives timetable for US plant restart after explosion

06 June 2012 03:04  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--LSB Industries expects production of regular nitric acid to resume on a limited basis in 30 days at its Arkansas plant in the US following a mid-May explosion, the company said on Tuesday.

However, the US-based company said it did not know when it would resume production of 98% concentrated (versus regular) nitric acid.

A concentrated nitric acid plant (DSN) reactor exploded on 15 May at the company’s El Dorado site.

“At this time, the company intends to re-start regular nitric acid and ammonium nitrate [AN] production, on a partial basis, in approximately 30 days, and increase that production over the next 90 days, as various plants are brought back on-line,” LSB said in a statement.

However, “at this time it is not known when the El Dorado facility will produce 98% concentrated nitric acid," it added.

LSB said it was unlikely that repair of the concentrated nitric acid plant – which produced 20% of all the nitric acid plant at the site – was feasible.

The damage was under evaluation, which could take months to complete, LSB said, adding it “intends to replace the nitric acid production capacity lost by this event”.

The site’s three other nitric acid plants, which produced nitric acid in concentrations of 56% to 65%, sustained less damage, the company added.

By: Brian Ford
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