Shell’s EO unit in Louisiana shut down by lightning strike

02 July 2013 20:00  [Source: ICIS news]

(Recasts with paragarph 3 with comment from Shell)

NEW YORK (ICIS)--A lightning strike caused the shutdown of an ethylene oxide (EO) unit at Shell’s Geismar plant in Louisiana on 29 June, according to a Tuesday filing with the National Response Center (NRC).

Lightning struck a transmitter on a storage tank and caused the unit to shut down and release EO into the atmosphere. The amount of EO released is unknown, according to the NRC filing.

Shell said on Tuesday that the plant is back to normal operations but could not comment on the details of its operations.

The company’s Geismar plant has capacities of 420,000 tonnes/year of EO and 400,000 tonnes/year of ethylene glycol (EG), according to ICIS plants and projects.

By: Feliza Mirasol
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