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Flint Hills Resources began restarting its Port Arthur, Texas, lightolefins unit Wednesday following an April 14 power outage in the area, thecompany said in filing with state regulators.

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The air startup is expected to be finished by Saturday, it said in thefiling.

This marks the fourth restart at the complex in the last six weeks. Sofar in March and April, the complex has seen two unexpected power outages, acracked gas compressor shutdown, and a leak on the demethanizer feed towerfeed separator, according to company filings with the Texas Commission onEnvironmental Quality.

Flint Hills produces about 320,000 mt/year of chemical-grade propyleneand 616,000 mt/year of ethylene at the Port Arthur site.

In spot markets Thursday, spot ethylene was heard bid at 59 cents/lbMont Belvieu-Williams pipeline system for April and heard offered at 62cents/lb Mont Belvieu-Williams pipeline, while offers for April polymer-gradepropylene were reported at 58 and 58.50 cents/lb Mont Belvieu-pipeline basis.

US spot ethylene was last assessed Wednesday at 59.25-59.75 FD USG, up0.5 cent compared with Tuesday as a result of a Tuesday power outage atChevronPhillips Chemical's #24 and #33 ethylene units in Sweeny, Texas.

--Pavel Pavlov, pavel_pavlov@platts.com
--Edited by Keiron Greenhalgh, keiron_greenhalgh@platts.com