Huntsman restarts PO/MTBE plant in Port Neches, Texas

Source: ICIS News

2005/10/13

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Huntsman has restarted its major propylene oxide (PO)/methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) plant in Port Neches, Texas, which was idled before Hurricane Rita made landfall last month, the company said on Thursday.

The plant sustained no major structural damage in the storm but did require some repair and had been hindered by a lack of electrical power. Rita hit the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast on 24 September.

The plant has a PO capacity of 238,203 tonne/year and an MTBE capacity of 15,000 bbl/day, said Huntsman spokesman Don Olsen.

“We continue to make steady progress in bringing our hurricane-impacted facilities back on line,” Huntsman president and chief executive Peter Huntsman said.

The Woodlands, Texas-based Huntsman restarted its Lake Charles, Louisiana titanium dioxide plant and its Port Neches butadiene facility on Monday.

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and commodity chemicals.