17 September 2013 21:13 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Formosa Plastics on Tuesday declared force majeure on its high density polyethylene (HDPE) products, effective immediately, saying it is due to “unexpected operational difficulties” at its Point Comfort, Texas, plant, following what the company described as an incident that sent five people to the hospital.
Formosa did not elaborate on the accident, but a report from the local newspaper, the Victoria Advocate, said it was a flash fire.
It is the second time this year that an accident has been reported at the plant. On 2 May, an explosion at the same plant injured a dozen people. At that time, the company declared force majeure on both polypropylene (PP) and high molecular density PE that lasted until early July.
The company has capacity to produce 650,000 tonnes/year of PE in Point Comfort, according to ICIS plants and projects.
Formosa also has plants to produce at Point Comfort PP and linear low density PE (LLDPE) in addition to a project to produce low density PE (LDPE) expected to start operations in 2016.
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