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Formosa reports flaring at new Point Comfort cracker in Texas: filing

Houston — Formosa Plastics reported flaring at its Point Comfort, Texas, steam cracker to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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The company said in a late Friday filing with the regulatory agency that "as part of initial commissioning, this is OL3 Plant's first startup and thus will require a stabilization period necessary to ensure removal of non-condensables and inerts from the process through intermittent venting to the flare."

The flaring is expected to last 504 hours through January 11.

The company was not immediately available for comment on operations Monday.

On Friday, a company spokesman told S&P Global Platts it will not start up its new 1.5 million mt/year cracker and 400,000 mt/year low density polyethylene plant at the Texas location by year-end as planned earlier.

"We encountered some unexpected delays," spokesman Fred Neske said in an email. "Neither the LDPE [unit] nor the cracker plant will be running by the end of the year."

He said the company did not have an estimate of when the plants at the Point Comfort complex would come online.

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