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Equistar’s La Porte olefins plant shut down
HOUSTON, December 22, 2016 (PCW) – Equistar’s 2.54 billion lbs/yr La Porte olefins unit has shut down. The plant was brought offline last week due to pressure control issues, according to a filing with Texas regulators. The unit represents 3.97% of US ethylene production capacity; it has been running since June. It can consume 60,000 b/d of ethane, 5,000 b/d of propane and 10,000 b/d of normal butane, according to PetroChem Wire estimates.