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PetroChem Wire provides updates throughout the day on the impacts of major storms on the chemical industry in the US Gulf region. Check back during active storms for live updates. In the interim, please see the below maps and news updates for the current operational status of the petrochemical facilities along the US Gulf Coast.

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Updated 6/9/2022 at 11:00 a.m. CDT 

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Baystar Port Arthur, TX Ethane Cracker in Startup Mode

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Bayport Polymers (Baystar) has begun initial commissioning and startup of its new ethane cracker in Port Arthur, TX according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The company said in the filing that the startup process could last until Jul 15.

The ethylene plant has a nameplate capacity of 2.2 billion lbs/yr, which is about 2.6% of current US capacity. The month-to-date US Gulf Coast cracker operating rate was about 90%, according to the latest PetroChem Wire Daily report.

“The ethane cracker is a greenfield unit undergoing initial commissioning and startup. During this time period, process venting generated from commissioning and startup activities will be routed to the flare and safely combusted,” the filing stated. “Pyrolysis furnaces will be commissioned and could experience intermittent startup emissions. The start date, time, and duration of this planned initial startup event are estimated for this initial notification.”

Baystar is a joint venture 50% owned by TotalEnergies Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. and 50% owned by Novealis Holdings, which is a separate joint venture between Borealis and NOVA Chemicals.

The plant went into a similar startup mode last summer, according to a TCEQ filing at the time. However, the process was delayed.

Ethylene pricing at the Enterprise hub at market close on Apr 18 was 31 cpp. Pricing at the Choctaw hub in Louisiana was 29 cpp.

–Reporting by Bobbie Clark,; Editing by David Barry,, Julia Giordano,, Michael Kelly, and Donna Todd,


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