Dow Chemical flares Texas cracker after compressor trips

10 January 2013 13:49  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical reported flaring from its Freeport 7 cracker in Texas after a compressor trip, the company said in a public filing on Thursday.

The feed rates were minimised to reduce flaring and the compressor is being repaired, Dow said in the filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The cracker capacity is 612,000 tonnes/year.

A Dow spokesperson confirmed a process upset at the unit, but did not provide details on the operational status of the plant.

Dow has a second cracker at the site, Freeport 8, with 1.04m tonnes/year of capacity.

US ethylene spot prices have risen sharply this week, triggering speculation of potential disruptions in the industry.

ExxonMobil on Wednesday reported flaring from one of its crackers in Texas, also citing a compressor trip in a public filing.

Ethylene for January delivery traded at 64.750 cents/lb ($1,427/tonne, €1,099/tonne) on Wednesday, rising from deals done at 59.500-59.875 cents/lb last week.

($1 = €0.77)

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