Shell crackers at Deer Park, Texas affected by storm

Source: ICIS News

2004/04/06

HOUSTON (CNI)--Shell Chemical said Tuesday that its two steam crackers at its large Deer Park, Texas complex have been affected by irregular steam supplies following a lighting strike at the Calpine on-site power plant.

Shell Deer Park spokesman Dave McKinney told CNI today that the exact status of the two large crackers cannot be stated. "We're trying to find out just what's happening now," he said.

The lighting strike at the Deer Park complex was part of a major storm front that blackened skies over the greater Houston area at midday today.

McKinney said the lighting strike hit the on-site power station and caused a loss of steam to the two Shell Chemical crackers there.

"We're flaring now," McKinney said. He said he would know later today the exact status of the two plants.

Shell has two large crackers at Deer Park. Their OP3 unit has annual capacity of some 860 000 tonne. The OP2 unit, with newly expanded capacity of 590 000 tonne, was just recently brought back online after a year-long, $400m (Euro330m) expansion project.