Flare minimization practices improve olefins plant start-ups, shutdowns

Lyondell Chemical Co. is implementing flare minimization processes at all its olefins plants to reduce emissions and minimize effects on the surrounding community.Lyondell’s Channelview, Tex., complex significantly reduced emissions during separate turnarounds for the site’s two olefins plants in 2003. Lessons learned from the first turnaround were incorporated into the second turnaround.In 2004, the Corpus Christi, Tex., complex reduced emissions significantly when it applied the Channelview experiences to a different olefins process.For years olefins plants have flared off-specification products during shutdowns and start-ups for maintenance turnarounds. During shutdowns, co...

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