ExxonMobil shuts down compressor at Texas PE plant

17 January 2014 22:26 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US polyethylene (PE) producer ExxonMobil shut down a compressor at its Beaumont, Texas, PE plant on 16 January, following a release of ethylene, according to a public filing available on Friday.

The company said a compressor was temporarily taken off line after it developed a small leak, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

It was not clear whether the unit was still shut down.

A company spokesperson said she could confirm the filing, but could not comment on whether the unit had been restarted or whether there was any loss of production.

ExxonMobil has a 235,000 tonne/year capacity low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit and a 705,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit at the site, according to ICIS plants and projects.

By Michelle Klump