25 June 2012 16:05 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US producer ExxonMobil shut down a reactor at its Mont Belvieu, Texas, polyethylene (PE) plant on 24 June, after smoke was seen coming from the flare, according to a state filing made available on Monday.
The company said the reactor was shut down automatically as a result of a compressor shutdown, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The flare smoked for six minutes during the shutdown, according to the filing.
The reactor was depressured and steam was added to the flare to eliminate smoking, 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 an 830,000 tonne/year capacity linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit at the site, according to ICIS plants and projects.
For more on ExxonMobil's plants, visit ICIS plants and projects
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