Expect noise, flaring as petrochemical plant tests equipment

Expect noise, flaring as petrochemical plant tests equipment

Westlake, LA (KPLC) - Indorama Ventures is set to begin its initial operations start-up over the next several weeks.

Indorama, a producer of intermediate petrochemicals, will begin testing systems and equipment ahead of starting up its ethane cracker unit in Westlake.

“Testing is scheduled to begin next week,” Deepak Kedia, the site’s Chief Operations Officer, said in a statement. “This process will include visible flaring, which is part of normal processes to manage and minimize emissions. In addition to the visible flaring, the public may hear vibrating sounds which accompanies flaring. This sound is from the steam that is used as a coolant during the process. The steam cools the system, improving combustion efficiency and reducing visible smoke. We expect this process to occur over a few weeks and is a normal process to clear and test lines and for the start-up process.”

Indorama says it is working with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and other state and local agencies during the start-up process.

“Flaring is to be expected during operations start-up. We believe Indorama Ventures is being proactive by notifying the public prior to this testing and process start-up,” Dick Gremillion, Director of OEP said in a statement. “In the event of an emergency or if the public experiences any unusual odors, we encourage you to call 9-1-1 and stayed tuned to your local news.”

Indorama is expected to generate a production capacity of 430,000 metric tons of ethylene and 30,000 metric tons of propylene per year, with the facility capable of processing both ethane and propane. It will employ approximately 150 people once up and running.

IVL currently runs intermediate petrochemical manufacturing sites located in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

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