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Braskem Shuts Down Texas Polypropylene Unit
December 10, 2021


Braskem said on Friday it shut down its C-Line Polypropylene (PP) Production unit in La Porte, Texas earlier this week, according to a filing with state regulators.

The company said in filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that on December 8, a hydrocarbon leak was detected while preparing a propylene feed filter for maintenance. The filing also said operations personnel immediately mobilized the emergency response team, who isolated the feed filter and initiated a unit shutdown, which included de-inventorying the unit to the flare to reduce potential emissions.

The Braskem has not said if the unit is back online. Located 26 miles from Houston, Braskem's La Porte facility produces 727 million lbs/yr of Homopolymers (HoPP) and Copolymers (CoPP) (random and impact).

The shutdown comes as domestic PP spot prices have continued to gradually come down from June record highs of $1.41/lb and $1.51/lb for HoPP and CoPP, respectively. However, prime PP remains the most expensive resins still at $1.00/lb and higher.

HoPP domestic spot levels this week have stayed at $1.00/lb, while CoPP is at $1.10/lb, according to The Plastics Exchange.

By Brian Balboa for The Plastics Exchange.



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