15 May 2013 15:50 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US polyethylene (PE) producer Formosa Plastics has brought two of three production units at its high density polyethylene (HDPE) I unit in Point Comfort, Texas, back on line following a fire at the complex, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.
The units went down following a flash fire at the complex on 2 May, which resulted in injuries to several employees and contractors. The fire started at an ethylene purification unit near the HDPE plant, the company said.
Three people, including two contractors and one Formosa employee, remain hospitalised following the incident, a spokesman said.
Following the fire, the HDPE plant was shut down. Now, two of three production lines, which represent approximately 70% of PE-1 production capacity at the plant, are operational and are being brought up to full capacity, according to a 14 May letter the company sent to customers. The remaining production line will start up by late June, the letter states.
A force majeure on HDPE high molecular weight products produced at the plant remains in place. Allocation levels for June are still being evaluated, the letter states.
The complex has an HDPE capacity of 650,000 tonnes/year. It was not clear how much of that is dedicated to HDPE HMW production.
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