Chevron Phillips to Flare Gases From Port Arthur Ethylene Unit

Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. said it plans to flare gases from an ethylene unit at its Port Arthur facility in Texas, according to a filing with state regulators.

The flaring, or release of gases into the air, will start today and last until Feb. 1, and is related to “planned maintenance activity” on a so-called acetylene converter, according to the filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Chevron Phillips Chemical is a joint venture between Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips. Flaring is a safety measure that prevents excessive pressure from building up in processing units that are being shut down or started up. Ethylene is used in plastics.

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