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Job cuts at Texas petchem complex / Reconstruction of butadiene site will take years
TPC’s site for C4 processing in Houston (Photo: TPC)
Following an explosion and fire at its petrochemical complex in Port Neches, Texas / USA in late November 2019 – see Plasteurope.com of 05.12.2019 – the North American market leader for butadiene, the TPC Group (Houston, Texas; www.tpcgrp.com), is making progress at its site. As of the first week of March 2020, the company reported that 96% of high-purity butadiene and over 50% of 1,3-butadiene-containing material was transferred offsite. Following this are plans to transfer crude C4, raffinate, polyblend and other process materials.

TPC said neighbouring industrial plants were operating by the end of February. At that time, the group estimated that it will take a number of years to rebuild the parts of the Port Neches facility destroyed in November, when several people were injured and houses nearby were damaged. The TPC site is in the meantime to serve solely as a terminal and services organisation “for more than three to five years,” and the company will reduce the number of employees as a result.

According to Plasteurope.com’s Polyglobe database (www.polyglobe.net), TPC has a capacity of 410,000 t/y of butadiene at the Port Neches facility. The Houston-based group’s butadiene capacities total 1.2m t/y, making it the second largest producer worldwide behind China’s Sinopec. Butadiene is a feedstock for ABS, HIPS and styrene butadiene rubber.

19.03.2020 Plasteurope.com [244734-0]
Published on 19.03.2020

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