Williams has an early April 2014 timeframe for restarting
its fire-damaged olefins plant in Geismar, Louisiana, and
bringing online an expansion that will increase
ethylene production capacity by 50%.
The facility has been offline for investigatory work, damage
assessment and repairs following the explosion incident on
While the plant is offline, Williams has been able to resume
expansion construction activities across the
majority of the plant outside of the incident area, which is
limited to the immediate vicinity of the propylene
Based on the initial damage assessment, Williams is engaged in
the engineering, procurement and demolition of impacted
equipment to repair the facility.
Major items slated for replacement include piping and heat
exchangers associated with the propylene fractionator,
significant portions of the electrical power cable and control
wiring in the plant, and support structures and piping impacted
by the incident.
The company is working to reduce the duration of the repair project, which is the critical path
to restart, as much as economically possible. It also said it
intends to finalize the expansion project in this same timeframe.
Williams saidit continues to cooperate in a full and
transparent manner with the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) and the United States Chemical Safety
Board (CSB) on their investigations into the cause of the