US Petrologistics reports shutdown at Texas PDH unit

23 April 2013 17:51  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US propylene producer Petrologistics reported a shutdown at its Houston propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Texas, according to a filing on Tuesday.

In a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the company said the shutdown was caused on Tuesday by a wiring connection on a gas generator separating and causing the generator to shut down.

This caused the safety interlock system to shut down the plant, including utilities that supply steam to the main flare.

The filing stated that utility systems were brought back online and have stopped unauthorized emissions.

Market sources said they had not heard if the plant has been restarted, although spot prices were largely stable.

Attempts to reach a company spokesperson on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

The company has 544,000 tonnes/year of propylene capacity at the PDH unit.

By: John Dietrich

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