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ExxonMobil LDPE plant in Texas has production problems

January 23/2012
(ICIS) -- US-based ExxonMobil is having production problems at its 235,000 tonne/year low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Beaumont, Texas, sources said on Friday.

A buyer said it received confirmation of the production problems from the company, which said the problems were isolated to an LDPE line that produces primarily fractional melt material.
The buyer said the company indicated it expects to be on allocation through March.
Other sources heard similar reports about the facility, with one source saying it heard the facility was operating at two-thirds capacity.

A spokesperson for ExxonMobil did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The company shut down a reactor at the Beaumont LDPE plant on 25 December after some high-pressure tubing ruptured, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
By the first week of January, the company said the reactor was operating normally.
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