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Equistar restarts La Porte olefins unit

HOUSTON, December 28, 2016 (PCW) – Equistar restarted its 2.54 billion lbs/yr olefins unit in La Porte over the Christmas holiday weekend.

The unit went down unexpectedly on Dec 16 due to pressure control issues, according to a filing with Texas regulators. The unit represents 3.97% of US ethylene production capacity; it had been running since June. The outage resulted in loss of some 77 million pounds of lost ethylene production.

The unit 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. -- Samantha Hartke

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