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Flint Hills Resource: restarting its PDH unit in Houston

March 04/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- American petrochemical major - Flint Hills Resources - has been resuming operations at its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Houston, USA, reported S&P Global.

Thus, the company began restarting its 658,000 mt/year PDH plant on 25 February, 2021.

It was shut down on 16 February because of severe winter weather in the region. 

As MRC informed previously, in November 2019, Motiva Enterprises, the US refining arm of Saudi Aramco, acquired 100% of Flint Hills Resources chemical plant, adjacent to its Port Arthur, Texas, oil refinery. The Flint Hills plant operates a 1.57 billion-pound-per-year ethylene cracker, a unit producing nylon component cyclohexane, and a network of pipelines and storage caverns.

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

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,220,640 tonnes in 2020, up by 2% year on year. Only shipments of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) increased. At the same time, polypropylene (PP) shipments to the Russian market reached 1 240,000 tonnes in 2020 (calculated using the formula: production, minus exports, plus imports, excluding producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply of exclusively PP random copolymer increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, PP random copolymer, propylene, LDPE, HDPE, ethylene, Flint Hills Resources, Motiva Enterprises, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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