OCI shuts down Texas methanol plant again

12 September 2013 00:01  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--OCI’s Texas methanol plant near Beaumont shut down on Wednesday afternoon following carbon monoxide emissions, according to a state filing.

Plant officials could not be reached immediately through phone calls.

The filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) said the emissions led to the release of 80,000 lb (36,000 kg) of carbon monoxide over a five-hour period beginning in the early afternoon.

The filing said the cause of the incident was being investigated.

It was the second incident at the plant this week. A TCEQ filing said OCI brought down the plant on 8 September because of a reformer tube leak on the south reformer.

That incident lasted less than nine hours, with small amounts of carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released.

OCI opened the plant in 2012 with 750,000 tonnes/year of methanol capacity and 250,000 tonnes/year of ammonia.

By: Lane Kelley
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