US Flint Hills Resources begins restart process at Texas cracker

20 May 2013 17:56  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US olefins producer Flint Hills Resources has begun the restart process at its Texas cracker, sources said on Monday.

Market players said the company began the restart process on 17 May, but has not reached 100% operating levels as of Monday.

The company shut down its Port Arthur cracker in Texas on 11 May.

The shutdown was caused by a partial loss of electrical power, which shut down the cracked gas compressor and the propylene refrigeration compressor, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Those shutdowns led to an upset in the light olefins unit, according to the filing.

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

Attempts to reach a company spokesperson for confirmation of the restart were unsuccessful.

By: John Dietrich

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