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Dow’s PDH unit in Freeport offline due to process disruption
HOUSTON, July 13, 2016 (PCW) -– Dow’s 1.65 billion lb/yr propane dehydrogenation unit in Freeport had a process upset earlier this week and is now offline.
“The unit was brought offline as teams worked to safely investigate the mechanical malfunction and return to operations as quickly as possible,” Dow said Wednesday.
The unit first came online in late December and reached full production rates in early March. The unit was taken down for planned maintenance in late March and shut again May 18 due to a compressor trip. It returned to service in late June, but has been reportedly running at reduced rates.
July MtB-EPC PGP has not traded this week. July traded at 30.875 cpp and 31 cpp on Wednesday for Texas delivery outside the MtB-EPC hub. On Monday, July PGP was bid at 30.25 cpp and offered at 30.375 cpp. On Tuesday July was bid up to 30.75 cpp against no offers.
PetroChem Wire assessed July PGP on Tuesday at 30.75 cpp, an increase of 0.375 cpp. -- Samantha Hartke