ExxonMobil reports valve failure, shutdown at Texas cracker

16 May 2013 16:13  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)—US ExxonMobil Chemical reported a shutdown at its Baytown cracker in Texas on Thursday, according to a government filing.

The company said a bleeder valve failure led to emissions, which led to the shutdown of compressors in order to flare the material, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The filing added that the leak was isolated and the unit was stabilised. The company said it expects minimal impact to production and that it will be able to meet its contractual agreements.

The company has two crackers at the site and a total ethylene capacity of 2.2m tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.

Attempts to reach a company spokesperson were unsuccessful.

By: John Dietrich

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