Lyondell olefins plants work to get back online after outages
On March 1, the two olefins plants at Channelview, Texas were forced to shut down by a utilities outage at Reliant Energy''s cogeneration plant. One of the plant''s olefins units is expected to be returning to service shortly. The second olefins unit at Channelview is expected to be out of service for one to two weeks for maintenance. Lyondell''s propylene oxide facilities at Channelview have not been interrupted. The affected olefins units are part of its Equistar Chemicals, LP subsidiary''s network of seven olefins sites. Lyondell Chemical Company is North America''s third-largest independent, publicly traded chemical company. Lyondell is a major global manufacturer of basic chemicals and derivatives including ethylene, propylene, titanium dioxide, styrene, polyethylene, propylene oxide and acetyls. It also is a significant producer of gasoline blending components.