Flint Hills reports loss of power, shutdown at Texas cracker

13 May 2013 19:50  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Flint Hills Resources reported a partial loss of electrical power and shutdown at its Port Arthur cracker in Texas on 11 May, according to a filing made available on Monday with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

The filing said the loss of power shut down the cracked gas compressor and the propylene refrigeration compressor and also caused an upset in the light olefins unit.

The filing said power was restored later on 11 May. However, market sources said on Monday that the light olefins unit was still down.

A spokesperson for Flint Hills Resources declined to comment on the facility’s status, citing company policy.

The cracker has 621,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity, according to ICIS plants and projects.

By: John Dietrich

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