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Leak Shuts Eastman Cracker in Texas

10:03 AM MDT | September 21, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Eastman Chemical says a steam leak has caused an unexpected outage at its Longview, TX ethylene and propylene plant. Plant 4, one of the site’s larger crackers, is expected to be running at full capacity early next week, the company says. Also, some oxo derivative plants, primarily oxo alcohols n-butanol, 2-ethylhexanol, and n-propanol, are experiencing outages because of the shutdown, Eastman says. A sales plan for the alcohols and derivatives has been implemented until the full impact of the outage can be assessed. Production of all derivatives is...

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