Lightning shuts down OCI's ammonia, methanol plants in Texas

18 July 2014 23:54 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--OCI shut down its ammonia and methanol plants in Beaumont, Texas, after they were struck by lightning, the company said on Friday in a regulatory filing.

The lightning strike caused a plant-wide electrical outage, OCI said in a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The site's ammonia capacity is 265,000 tonnes/year. The methanol capacity is 730,000 tonnes/year.

In the fourth quarter, OCI plans to shut down the plant to complete a debottlenecking project. When finished, the plant's capacity will rise 25% to 912,500 tonnes/year. Ammonia capacity will rise 15% to 305,000 tonnes/year.

Additional reporting by Lane Kelley

By Al Greenwood