US Huntsman closes Geismar complex as Hurricane Isaac approaches

28 August 2012 21:08  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US petrochemical producer Huntsman has shuttered its complex in Geismar, Louisiana, in anticipation of Hurricane Isaac, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.

Spokesman Gary Chapman said the plant will have minimal staff until the company receives an all-clear from local authorities. It expects to restart the facility on Thursday.

The Geismar facility produces 460,000 tonnes/year of aniline, 145,000 tonnes/year of hydrochloric acid (HCl), 45,000 tonnes/year of maleic anhydride (MA), 450,000 tonnes/year of methylene di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) and 530,000 tonnes/year of nitrobenzene, according to ICIS plants and products.

Chapman said restart of the complex will depend on whatever effects there are from the hurricane, utilities and the availability of feedstock supplies.

Hurricane Isaac should make landfall later on Tuesday or on Wednesday near New Orleans, Louisiana.

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By: Ken Fountain

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