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La Porte Polymer/Olefin Units Restarting After Fatal Incident at Nearby Acetyls Unit
August 03, 2021

LyondellBasell said late Monday that it is restarting its Polymers and Olefins units at its La Porte facility in Texas with the approval of appropriate regulatory agencies. The restart of both units comes after last week's Acetic Acid lead at the facility, leaving two workers dead and 30 others hospitalized.

Both units are located in other parts of the La Porte site, away from where the Acetic Acid leak occurred. According to the company's website, the La Porte complex produces Acetic Acid, Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM), Ethylene, Propylene, Linear Low-Density Polyethylene, and Low-Density Polyethylene.

A full-scale investigation into the July 27 incident continues. The company said in support of the investigation, and it established a security area and health and safety zone around the Acetic Acid reactor. The company added it does not yet know what caused the leak and that it will take some time before it can determine the cause.

By Brian Balboa for The Plastics Exchange.

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