ExxonMobil shuts down unit at PE unit in Beaumont

12 August 2013 17:20  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US polyethylene (PE) producer ExxonMobil depressurised a unit at its Beaumont PE plant in Texas, the company said in a public filing made available on Monday.

The shutdown occurred at 4:38 a.m. on 10 August, after controlled venting of equipment resulted in air emissions, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The equipment was depressured and operators prepared for a restart, according to the filing.

It was not clear whether the unit remained down, or whether it had already been restarted.

A company spokesperson said there was no impact to production.  

ExxonMobil has two PE units in Beaumont, including a low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit with a capacity of 235,000 tonnes/year, and a linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit with a capacity of 705,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.

By: Michelle Klump
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