Four still in hospital after Friday fire at Formosa's US HDPE plant

16 September 2013 19:52  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Four of five workers remain hospitalised after they were evacuated from Friday's “incident” while performing maintenance on an out-of-service tower in the HDPE-II unit at Formosa Plastic’s Point Comfort plant in south Texas, a company spokesman said on Monday.

“I have no further update yet and cannot yet confirm if an investigation has begun,” company spokesman Steve Rice said.

The company has said that the HDPE II unit was already off-line for scheduled maintenance activities when the incident occurred. It said none of the workers injured were contract workers.

Local media reported on Friday that plant workers had suffered burns as a result of a fire at the facility.

It is the second time this year that such an incident has been reported at the plant.

On 2 May, an explosion at the same plant injured a dozen people. At the time, the company called force majeure on both polypropylene and high molecular density polyethylene that lasted until early July.

The company has capacity to produce 650,000 tonnes/year of HDPE in Point Comfort, according to ICIS plants and projects. The spokesman said company policy prevents him from making any comment either on capacities or operating status.

The company also has plants to produce at Point Comfort polypropylene and linear low density polyethylene, in addition to a project to produce low density polyethylene expected to start operations in 2016.

By: Renzo Pipoli
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