US Chevron Phillips reports shutdown at Sweeny cracker

17 April 2013 16:32  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based Chevron Phillips Chemical reported a loss of steam at its Sweeny cracker in Texas, resulting in a shutdown, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on Wednesday.

According to the filing, steam service from a co-located utility provider was interrupted for several hours because of a cogen unit malfunction.

As a result, ethylene units 24 and 33 were forced to shut down, which also resulted in flaring, the company said in the filing.

According to the filing, steam service has been restored and the emissions event is expected to end on 20 April.

The company has 1.878m tonnes/year of ethylene capacity at the Sweeny complex.

By: John Dietrich

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