Eastman confirms pending restart of Texas cracker

15 October 2012 22:29  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical plans to restart its Longview cracker in Texas early next week, a company spokesman said on Monday.

The company filed a report with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) that it would be starting up its hydrocarbon cracking plant 4 following a partial shutdown of some equipment.

The spokesperson said the restart process would not begin until early next week.

The company took down the 358,000 tonne/year cracker in order to replace isolation valves associated with cracker furnaces, and in order to make tie-ins for a capital project in order to install an additional furnace at the site, according to an earlier TCEQ filing.

The unit was taken down in early October.

Eastman has two smaller crackers in Longview, each with 141,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity.

By: John Dietrich

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