OCI reports motor failure at Texas methanol unit

14 October 2013 22:36  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--OCI’s Texas methanol unit near Beaumont reported a motor failure in a state filing on Monday.

Plant officials could not be reached immediately through phone calls and emails. The filing did not say whether the plant was still operating.

The filing said the motor for the lube oil/seal oil pump failed, which caused the methanol compressor to trip down and opened vents in the reformer.

Feeds were taken out of the reformer, and the motor has been sent out for repair, the filing said.

The incident lasted more than nine hours beginning mid-afternoon on 13 October and released 655,000 lbs of carbon monoxide into the atmosphere.

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

By: Lane Kelley
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