ExxonMobil shuts down line at PE unit in Beaumont

21 December 2012 18:19  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US polyethylene (PE) producer ExxonMobil shut down a line at a cooling tower at its Beaumont plant in Texas, the company said in a public filing on Friday.

The shut down occurred on 20 December at 9:34 a.m., after a leak in the line resulted in ethylene emissions from the cooling tower, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The line was isolated and depressured for repair, according to the filing.

It was not clear whether the unit remained down or whether it had been restarted. A company spokesperson confirmed the report, but said it could not provide any information on the operational status of the facility.

ExxonMobil has two polyethylene units in Beaumont, including a low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit with a capacity of 225,000 tonnes/year and a linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit with a capacity of 705,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.

The company shut down a high pressure unit at the same plant on Monday, after a safety relief vent opened and ethylene was released, according to a TCEQ filing.

By: Michelle Klump
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