Dow reports reactor shutdown at Texas PE plant

12 September 2012 23:12  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical reported a shutdown of the Train 1 reactor at its polyethylene (PE) plant in Freeport, Texas, according to a government filing available on Wednesday.

The company shut down the unit in response to an "unwanted reaction occuring" within the reactor, according to a 12 September filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The company is performing maintenance on the unit in an effort to clear the reactor of the unwanted reaction, the filing states.

This is the second filing in less than a week regarding the unit. The company issued a notice on 7 September that it was completing a maintenance procedure on the unit to clear residual material from the reactor.

It was not clear whether the unit had been restarted, or whether there was any lost production at the plant. A company spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.

Dow has two low density polyethylene (LDPE) units at its Freeport chemical complex with a combined capacity of 202,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects. It also has a 255,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit at the site, according to ICIS plants and projects.

For more on Dow’s plants, visit ICIS plants and projects

By: Michelle Klump
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