Dow Chemical Reports Power Interruption at Louisiana Plant

Dow Chemical Co., the largest U.S. chemical maker, lost power yesterday at its St. Charles plant in Louisiana, said Gregory Baldwin, a company spokesman.

The interruption caused “a loss of electrical power to the manufacturing site,” Baldwin said in an e-mail today. No injuries were reported, he said.

Baldwin declined to comment on the restart of units at the chemical plant.

Dow has a steam cracker, also referred to as an ethylene cracker, at the plant. Ethylene crackers process natural gas liquids or naphtha into basic petrochemicals used in plastics.

The St. Charles plant is owned by Union Carbide Corp., a subsidiary of Dow, according to the company website.

The chemical plant is on the U.S. Gulf Coast in Hahnville, about 28 miles (45 kilometers) west of New Orleans.

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