19 September 2012 20:58 [Source: ICIS news]
(Adds BASF TOTAL comments)
HOUSTON (ICIS)--BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals said on Wednesday it had begun restart procedures at its Port Arthur, Texas, cracker, which was shut down as a result of an instrument failure.
BASF TOTAL confirmed the outage, which was reported earlier on Wednesday by ICIS. The company said the shutdown was caused by an instrument failure at a major compressor the previous day.
"The operations team identified the reason for the instrument failure and has made the necessary repairs," a company spokesperson said in an email.
BASF TOTAL has 934,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity at the site.
The cracker is a joint venture between BASF and Total.
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