Dow’s Freeport Hydrocarbon Plant Has ‘Production Interruption’

Dow Chemical Co., the largest U.S. chemicals maker, had a “production interruption” at its light hydrocarbon plant in Freeport, Texas, a company spokesman said.

“There was no impact to downstream businesses and no injuries,” Gregory Baldwin, who is based in Michigan, said in an e-mail today.

Dow’s Light Hydrocarbon 7 plant had an upset in the internal hydrogen supply to the acetylene reactors yesterday and again today that caused flaring of “offspec” ethylene, according to two filings with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

“Hydrogen supply was re-established as quickly as possible to bring the ethylene product back on spec,” according to the filings.

Dow’s Freeport chemical complex is about 65 miles (105 kilometers) south of Houston.

The Midland, Michigan-based company’s Texas operation is Dow’s largest integrated site, according to the company’s website. The Texas operations manufacture 44 percent of Dow products sold in the U.S. and more than 21 percent of Dow products sold globally, the company said.

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