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Fire breaks out at Poly-America plastics processing plant in Texas

August 20/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A downed power line ignited a fire on exposed plastic film at a Dallas-area storage facility that is expected to burn through at least Aug. 20, reported S&P Global with reference to authorities' statement.

"This is going to be burning late into tomorrow," Bill Murray, Grand Prairie assistant fire chief, said at an Aug. 19 news conference.

The fire ignited at about midnight on Aug. 19 when a power line fell on plastic film in a storage area at at Poly-Americas Grand Prairie plastic processing plant near Dallas, Texas, Murray said. The company manufactures trash bags, plastic drop cloths, plastic sheeting, agricultural films used to wrap hay, barrier films and shrink film made from polyethylene (), according to its website.

The fire spread throughout the storage area, he said. Firefighters were not able to secure enough foam to extinguish the blaze, but it was contained and is expected to burn itself out.

Murray said that once the fire burns down to "where it's manageable," crews can use front-loaders to break up the debris that is burning.

"We're going to have to clean out the entire section and wet it down with foam," he said. "We're talking maybe 300 yards worth. It's going to be at least a two-day operation out here before it's completely extinguished."

No injuries or damage to buildings were reported.

As MRC informed earlier, Chevron Corp on Tuesday reported a fire at its 112,229-barrel-per-day (bpd) Pasadena, Texas facility. "At this time, flames, smoke may be noticeable to the community. We are coordinating with local officials, and working to resolve the issue as soon as possible," the company reported.

Poly-America is a large plastic processor that produces several products from polyethylene (PE).

PE is the most widely used plastic in the world, primarily found in packaging including plastic bags, plastic films and geomembranes.

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.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PE, crude and gaz condensate, petrochemistry, packaging, barrier film, film, heat-shrink, Chevron, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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