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Louisiana Polypropylene Plant Operations Improving After Lightning Strike
07/21/2021

In an update to its customers, LyondellBasell's Equistar business said it has brought up one of the production lines at its Lake Charles, Louisiana, Polypropylene (PP) facility following a lightning strike last week.

The company said its J-line asset restarted on July 20, but its K-line remains down as repairs continue. The company plans to provide another update on the facility on July 26. Combined PP capacity of both assets is at approximately 1.4 million mt/year.

All plant production lines were shut due to the lightning strike on July 16, which also caused utility outages. LyondellBasell did not have a complete timeline for the startup.

A Force Majeure (FM) on PP was lifted at the start of July, but a sales control program stayed in place to help facilitate supply and customer demand.

As the company works towards the startup of the Lake Charles facility, at least five other PP producers still have allocations in place following the severe winter weather in February.

By Brian Balboa for The Plastics Exchange.


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