Brazil’s LDPE production affected by Camaçari plant outage

01 March 2013 18:01  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant at Camaçari, Bahia, stopped operations on February 27 after the activation of safety equipment designed to protect the reactor when certain parameters reach dangerous levels, a source at Braskem said on Friday.

Braskem explained the accident as an operational variation in one of the LDPE plants of the PE 3 unit located in the industrial complex of Camaçari (LDPE 150,000 tonnes/year).

The reactor’s safety system was activated, producing a large escape of air that generated a loud sound wave heard in the surrounding areas.

The event was quickly controlled by the safety equipment of the unit, according to established safety operational procedures.

There were no injuries to personnel or environmental damages. Material damages were not significant, Braskem said.

The company expects to resume production in a few days, after it is determined that all equipment is safe to operate again.

The outage is not expected to affect the normal supply of LDPE to clients, Braskem said.

By: George Martin
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