UpdateTwo still in hospital after accident at Formosa US HDPE plant

17 September 2013 00:10  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS)--Two of five workers remain hospitalised after they were evacuated from Friday's accident 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. He said that as of Monday afternoon two workers remained hospitalised, one of whom was expected to be released later in the day.

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 declared force majeure on both polypropylene (PP) and high molecular density polyethylene (PE) that lasted until early July.

The company has capacity to produce 650,000 tonnes/year of high-density polyethylene (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 PP and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), in addition to a project to produce low density polyethylene (LDPE) expected to start operations in 2016.


By: Renzo Pipoli
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