Crosby Ammonia Plant in Danger of Exploding As Harvey Fallout Continues

31 August, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • King of Prussia-Based Company Says Texas Plant At Risk Of Explosion Due To Harvey Flooding

The plant has been without electric service since Sunday. "At this time, while we do not believe there is any imminent danger, the potential for a chemical reaction leading to a fire and/or explosion within the site confines is real".

The Texas plant produces liquid organic peroxides used in the production of plastic resins, polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC and polyester reinforced fiberglass, and acrylic resins.

Late Monday night, the facility lost power from both its primary supply and its backup generators. Typically, companies can quench organic peroxides in situations like this by combining them with another chemical, eliminating the danger.

As Trump witnessed the destruction first hand, residents within 2.4 km of a chemical plant in southeast Texas are being evacuated as a "precautionary measure" because of the rising risk of an explosion.

The entrance of the Arkema plant in Crosby, TX.

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"And as a result, critical refrigeration needed for our materials on site is lost", said Rich Rowe, Arkema's North American operations on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The company said it was working with officials from the Department of Homeland Security. We are monitoring the temperature of each refrigeration container remotely.

It would be surprising if the company had not considered a scenario like this, the Chronicle cited Sam Mannan of Texas A&M University's Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center.

The plant, which is located northeast of Houston, was shut down on Friday in anticipation of the hurricane. The company is able to see the temperatures of some of the freezer trailers but not all of them and has no ability to cool off the chemicals.

Rowe did not disclose the volume of chemicals on the site and said it was speculative to predict how much damage the plant could sustain.

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