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Huntsman Corp. returned an ethylene unit to normal operations in Texas

June 03/2011

(Bloomberg) -- Huntsman Corp. returned an ethylene unit to normal operations at its Port Neches, Texas, chemical plant after a power blip caused an interruption in operations, according to a filing with state regulators. The power interruption at the ethylene oxide unit caused the flaring of ethylene and ethylene oxide, the company said in a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The ethylene unit returned to normal operation as soon as the ethylene oxide unit was restarted yesterday, Anne Knisely, a spokeswoman based at company headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas, said in an e-mail today.

The facility, called a cracker, splits oil products like naphtha and liquefied petroleum gases through pressure and heat. Outages can increase prices for ethylene and propylene as companies turn to spot markets to help them meet supply contracts. The plant is 100 miles (161 kilometers) east of Houston.

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