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LyondellBasell restarting polymers, olefins units at La Porte plant

August 04/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- LyondellBasell said it was restarting the polymers and olefins units at its La Porte, Texas, facility following an acetic acid leak last week that killed two people, reported Reuters.

Both units are located in other parts of the La Porte site, the company said in a statement.

The chemical leak at Lyondell's chemical plant in La Porte killed two workers and injured 30 others, marking one of the worst US petrochemical accidents since a 2019 Texas blast prompted the evacuation of thousands of people.

The company said that the investigation into the July 27 incident continues and it will take some time before a determination is made on the cause.

As MRC informed earlier, LyondellBassel's La Porte, Texas, cracker was heard to be offline again after a short-lived restart, reported S&P Global with reference to sources familiar with operations' statement on July 23. The cracker had been confirmed as back online July 20, but, according to one market source, it was shut again not long after.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 953,400 tonnes in the first five months of 2021, which virtually corresponded to the same figure a year earlier. High density polyethylene (HDPE) shipments decreased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 607,8900 tonnes in January-May 2021, up by 33% year on year. Shipments of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whereas deliveries of PP random copolymers decreased.

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.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, propylene, ethylene, LyondellBasell, USA.
Category:General News
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