Dow's Plaquemine complex suffers disruption, ethylene supply curtailed for 3-4 weeks
Dow's Plaquemine site experienced two separate process incidents, which caused distruption of ethylene production at the companys LA-2 and LA-3 manufacturing units.
During the week of April 20, ethylene production facilities
at The Dow Chemical
Company Plaquemine, Louisiana site experienced two separate
process incidents. These separate incidents collectively
resulted in the disruption of ethylene production at the
Companys LA-2 and LA-3 manufacturing units. In
addition, the Benzene unit at the Companys Plaquemine
site also experienced a process disruption. There were no
injuries to site personnel during the incidents.
Currently, Dow is working diligently and safely to return the
site to normal operations as soon as possible. It is
estimated that ethylene supply from the two ethylene units
will be curtailed for 3-4 weeks. Additionally, Benzene supply
from the Companys Benzene unit will be reduced for more
than five weeks. During this period, the Company's downstream
derivatives units will continue to operate at reduced rates
with ethylene supplied from a Dow-owned pipeline.