INVISTA’s Texas facility reports BD escape

23 January 2013 21:55  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Equipment failure on Monday afternoon led to the release of butadiene (BD) at INVISTA’s Orange facility in Texas, according to a report made available to ICIS on Wednesday.

The facility produces intermediates, such as adiponitrile (ADN), used in the production of nylon 6,6.

According to the report, filed with the National Response Center, about 36 lb (0.016 tonnes) of BD was released from a refrigeration unit because of a process upset.

The report showed that the unit was shut and isolated, so that repairs could be made to the refrigeration machine.

No one was injured in the incident, according to the report.

The facility a capacity of 240,000 tonnes/year of ADN, according to ICIS plants and projects.

INVISTA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

By: Wesley Busch
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