During the week of Apr. 20, two separate process incidents occurred that collectively resulted in the disruption of ethylene production at the Plaquemine plant’s LA-2 and LA-3 manufacturing units, the company said.
In addition, the Plaquemine site’s benzene unit also experienced a process disruption, according to Dow Chemical.
The company estimates that supply from the two ethylene units will be curtailed for 3-4 weeks, while supply from the plant’s benzene unit will be reduced for more than 5 weeks.
During this period, Dow Chemical said it downstream derivatives units will continue to operate at reduced rates with ethylene supplied from a Dow-owned pipeline.
Current production rates as a result of the unit disruptions were not disclosed.