21 August 2012 21:29 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical manufacturer Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem) reported a shutdown at its Sweeney cracker in Texas, according to a report made available on Tuesday.
In a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), CP Chem reported a blown fuse on its propylene compressor at its 545,000 tonne/year unit.
The blown fuse caused a shutdown of the system, according to the filing, and also caused emissions of benzene, ethylene and several other chemicals.
Market sources had not heard any estimates of when the unit would be restarted, or if it had been, and attempts to reach the company for comment were unsuccessful.
Spot prices for polymer-grade propylene (PGP) were heard at 47-48 cents/lb ($1,036-1,058/tonne, €839-857/tonne).
($1 = €0.81)
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