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Eastman Restarting Texas Hydrocarbon-Cracking Plant

Eastman Chemical Co. is restarting hydrocarbon-cracking plant 3 at its complex in Longview, Texas, after idling the plant in 2008 because of poor economics, according to a company spokeswoman.

The work toward restart of the plant has been under way since early in the second quarter of 2010, Kristin Sturgill, who is based in Tennessee, said in an e-mail today.

“Expectations are that the plant will be back online in the coming weeks,” she said.

The Kingsport, Tennessee-based company is completing the associated maintenance and turnaround work and the final commissioning efforts are under way, according to Sturgill.

Emissions associated with the restart began today at 7 a.m. local time and were expected to be over by Dec. 15 at the same time, the company said in a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The Longview chemical complex uses 55,000 barrels a day of propane and ethane as feedstocks to make 40 chemical products, according to the company’s website. It’s supplied by seven pipelines from the Texas Gulf Coast.

Longview is 126 miles (203 kilometers) east of Dallas.

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