Corrected: Williams plans April 2014 restart of Louisiana ethane cracker

31 July 2013 21:38  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS story headlined "Williams plans April 2014 restart of Louisiana ethane cracker" dated 31 July 2013, please read in the second paragraph ... with an upgraded ethylene capacity of 885,000 tonnes/year … instead of … with an additional ethylene capacity of 885,000 tonnes/year. A corrected story follows.

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Williams Partners plans to bring its Geismar, Louisiana, olefins plant back online in early April 2014, about 10 months after the explosion and fire at the facility that left two dead and more than 70 injured, the US-based company announced on Wednesday.

The Williams Olefins ethane cracker will return to operation with an upgraded ethylene capacity of 885,000 tonnes/year, the company said. The plant had been in a turnaround to add capacity to the then-612,000 tonnes/year facility at the time of the explosion.

Prior to the 13 June explosion, the plant had been annually producing 1.3bn lb (590,000 tonnes) of ethylene and 90m lbs of polymer-grade propylene (PGP), according to the company’s website.

While an investigation into the accident continues, Williams is using the plant’s downtime to execute a planned turnaround in all parts of the facility except the propylene fractionator, where the explosion is said to have occurred.

Based on an initial damage assessment, Williams said it has scheduled for replacement piping and heat exchangers associated with fractionator, significant portions of the electrical power cable and control wiring in the plant, as well as support structures and piping impacted by the incident.

Williams continues to cooperate with the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and the Occupational Safety Hazard Administration (OSHA) in their investigation into the incident, the company said.


By: Jeremy Pafford
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