Flint Hills’ Texas cracker down because of cracked-gas compressor

06 March 2013 16:40  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)—Flint Hills Resources’ ethylene cracker in Texas remains shut down, sources said on Wednesday.

The company said an unexpected outage in the cracked-gas compressor in the light olefins unit (LOU) on 4 March shut down certain processes at the cracker, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The shut down caused emissions of several hydrocarbons and other materials, according to the filing.

No estimates for a restart have been given by company representatives, who declined to comment, citing company policy.

Flint Hills has 621,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity at the Port Arthur facility in Texas.

Ethylene for March was heard offered at 63.75 cents/lb ($1,405/tonne, €1,082/tonne), with no bids.

($1 = €0.77)

By: John Dietrich

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