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LyondellBasell extinguishes hydrotreater fire at Houston refinery

August 07/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- LyondellBasell Industries confirmed it extinguished a fire at a hydrotreater on Thursday morning at its 263,776-barrel-per-day (bpd) Houston refinery, reported Reuters.

No injuries were reported from the fire, which broke out at about 5:30 a.m. CDT on Thursday (1030 GMT), Lyondell spokeswoman Chevalier Gray said.

Sources familiar with plant operations said the 49,000-bpd 634 cat feed/heavy gas oil hydrotreater was shut by the blaze. The extent of damage to the unit was unknown on Thursday.

The fire broke out after a sightglass on the unit broke, the sources said.

Gray did not identify the hydrotreater on which the fire broke out.

A leak in one of the hydrotreater units occurred resulting in a fire that was quickly contained and extinguished within 30 minutes, she said.

The refinerys safety flares operated for about an hour and 15 minutes because of the fire, Gray said.

The hydrotreater uses hydrogen to remove sulfur from diesel to comply with US environmental rules.

This is the second fire at the Lyondell refinery this year. A February fire shut the gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracker (FCC), which was repaired and returned to production in mid-April.

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

According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia dropped in January-June 2020 by 7% year on year to 328,000 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the main decrease in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia rose in the first six months of 2020 by 21% year on year to 105,300 tonnes. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.

LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its 13,000 employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, and improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road. LyondellBasell sells products into approximately 100 countries and is the world's largest licensor of polyolefin technologies.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, homopolymer PP, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, LyondellBasell, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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