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Total reports fire, emissions at Port Arthur, Texas, refinery

November 19/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA reported a fire that resulted in above-normal gas emissions over the weekend at its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, reported MorningStar.

"A hole in a line released hydrogen that resulted in a fire at the Continuous Catalyst Reformer Unit," the refinery said in a statement to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. "The fire was extinguished. The unit is being evaluated."

It said the emissions, including some 5,001 pounds of carbon monoxide, began Saturday and lasted more than two hours.

The 225,000-barrel-a-day Port Arthur refinery is located 95 miles east of Houston.

As MRC informed earlier, in June 2018, Bayport Polymers LLC (Bay-Pol), a joint venture of Total and Novealis Holdings LLC - a joint venture of Borealis AG and NOVA Chemicals Inc. - held the official groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new ethane cracker at the Total Port Arthur Refinery. The new USD1.7-billion ethane cracker is the first project under construction by the recently-formed Bay-Pol joint venture. The new 1 Mt/y ethane cracker is being built alongside Total's Port Arthur Refinery and the existing Total/BASF steam cracker and is expected to start up in 2020.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,589,580 tonnes in the first nine months of 2019, up by 7% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. The estimated PP consumption in the Russian market was 976,790 tonnes in January-September 2019, up by 4% year on year. Shipments of PP block copolymer and homopolymer PP increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Category:General News
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