US CP Chem reports shutdown at Texas cracker due to blown fuse

21 August 2012 22:03  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem) on Tuesday reported a shutdown at its Sweeney cracker in Texas.

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.

The event began on Monday, the company said.

Market sources said they had not heard any estimation of when the unit would be restarted, or if it had been. The company would not comment.

Spot prices for polymer-grade propylene (PGP) were heard at 47-48 cents/lb ($1,036-1,058/tonne, €839-857/tonne).

By: John Dietrich

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