UpdateFormosa Texas HDPE plant down, suffered no major damage

03 May 2013 19:42  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS)--A high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant suffered no major damage from a flash fire at Formosa Plastics's complex in Point Comfort, Texas, the company said on Friday.

The fire started on Thursday at an ethylene purification unit near the HDPE plant, said Steve Rice, spokesman. The fire was quickly extinguished.

Formosa has determined that the HDPE plant was running before the fire started, he said. The plant was shut down, and it will not restart until an investigation and assessment of the fire is completed.

Formosa Plastics has enough supplies to meet immediate normal and customary orders, the company said. However, the company's ability to supply HDPE long term will depend on the results of the investigation and a full assessment of the equipment.

Up to 14 employees and contractors were injured following the fire. Out of them, eight were treated and released, while two are still in hospitals.

The complex has an HDPE capacity of 650,000 tonnes/year.

Formosa's Point Comfort complex also produces chlor-alkalis, linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) among other products, according to ICIS data.

By: Al Greenwood
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