Phillips 66 Co. has delayed the schedule to resume polyethylene production at its Houston Chemical Complex. Start-up of the first 300 million lb/year of capacity is postponed to early October from an original schedule of late June or early July for the new Plant 4, using an interim control room. However, the company still intends to have 600 million lb/year of capacity on stream in fourth quarter 1990. The polyethylene unit was heavily damaged by explosions and a fire last Oct. 23. A Phillips investigation found the accident stemmed from an isolated departure from routine procedures (OGJ, May 28, p. 36). ...

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