05 November 2012 15:39 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--LyondellBasell shut down a low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit reactor at its La Porte, Texas, polymer plant, according to a public filing made available on Monday.
The company said it shut down the unit on Saturday because of an ethylene decomposition, which occurred during normal operations, according to the filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
The emergency reactor vents were opened for approximately 18 seconds, after which the unit continued depressuring to the flare, according to the filing.
It was not clear whether the unit had been restarted. A company spokesman said the company does not comment on regulatory filings or the operational status of its facilities.
The company has a 200,000 tonne/year capacity LDPE unit in La Porte, according to ICIS plants and projects.
For more on LyondellBasell's plants, visit ICIS plants and projects
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