MOSCOW (MRC) -- An Entergy sub station inside the Indorama plant in Port Neches had a 'transformer explosion' and subsequent fire on Tuesday evening, reported 12News with reference to a company spokesperson's statement.
The Indorama facility was formerly known as Huntsman.
The sub station 'bulk distribution yard' is in an Entergy 'easement' at the facility, and provides power to Port Neches, Groves and some of the plant according to the company.
The plant's fire brigade and the Port Neches Fire Department have been called to the scene. Some units have been 'taken offline,' but there is no danger to the facility or surrounding community, according to the spokesperson. No injuries have been reported.
Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick says he heard the explosion at his house and could see black smoke rising. He says all personnel at the plant are accounted for.
As MRC informed before, Indorama Ventures Limited has recently announced that the company decided to extend the pre-construction period of the purified terephthalic acid-polyethylene terephthalate (PTA-PET) plant in Corpus Christi, Texas through the end of 2020. Christi Polymers LLC (CCP), a joint venture among certain subsidiaries of Indorama Ventures Holding, Alpek and Far Eastern Investment (Holding) Limited was created to acquire and complete construction of an integrated PTA-PET plant in Corpus Christi. The completion of the project is expected to be in 2023.
As per MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's March estimated PET consumption was 65,3700 tonnes, up by 1% year on year. The estimated PET consumption in the country decreased in January-March 2020 by 3% year on year to 175,170 tonnes.
Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, listed in Thailand, is one of the world's leading petrochemicals producers, a global manufacturing footprint with 59 sites in 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The company's portfolio is comprises necessities and high value-added (HVA) categories of polymers, fibers, and packaging. Indorama Ventures has approx. 15,000 employees worldwide and consolidated revenue of USD 8.4 billion in 2017. The company is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).