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Arkema’s Crosby plant explodes on power outage following Harvey

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 31/08/2017 (17:44)
According to a statement on the company’s website, France’s chemical major Arkema confirmed on Thursday that two explosions and black smoke were reported from its organic peroxides plant in Crosby, Texas in the wake of severe flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. The plant was already been evacuated as officials have foreseen the inevitable explosion following the power outage as organic peroxides are extremely flammable when some of them are not stored at low temperatures and, as agreed with public officials, the best course of action is to let the fire burn itself out.

The plant was shut on August 25 as a precaution before the storm made landfall. However, severe flooding affected electricity supply to the plant while back-up generators were also flooded.

According to the company’s website, the Crosby plant produces liquid organic peroxides that are used primarily in the production of plastic resins, polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC and polyester reinforced fiberglass, and acrylic resins.
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