Louisiana’s Cornerstone plans to begin start-up process Friday

30 August 2012 19:05  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)—Acrylonitrile (ACN) , melamine and sulphuric acid producer Cornerstone Chemical Company in Louisiana will begin its start-up process on Friday, company officials said on Thursday, following Tropical Storm Isaac.

Provided the company has power, natural gas and personnel to operate the facility, full production is expected by the end of next week.

The company is resuming truck shipments today, utilizing its inventory which the company says is adequate to cover its commitments to its customers.

Truck transportation is the only form available in the region, with some major arteries flooded, along with some downed trees and power lines,

Rail and river transportation routes into and out of New Orleans are closed.

Plant personnel are assessing the damage to the plant and have suspended operations until the assessments have been completed and it has been determined that the plant can operate without issues.

Hurricane Isaac’s second landfall, on 29 August, was in coastal Jefferson Parish, about 50 miles south of the Cornerstone operating facility.

Strong winds and heavy rains pelted the area during the onslaught of the storm, but damage appears minimal.

The plant shut on 27 August in preparation for the storm.

The Fortier Manufacturing Complex is an 800-acre, continuous process facility located just outside of New Orleans on the Mississippi river.

($1 = €0.80)

By: Wesley Busch
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