US ExxonMobil restarts Texas cracker after half-month shutdown

04 June 2013 20:28  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US olefins producer ExxonMobil Chemical restarted its Baytown No 1 cracker in Texas, sources said on Tuesday.

The company reported a shutdown at the facility on 15 May, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The filing said that a bleeder valve failure led to a shutdown of the compressors, which also caused flaring.

The No 1 cracker has an ethylene capacity of 1.2m tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.

Attempts to reach a company spokesperson for comment were unsuccessful.

By: John Dietrich

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