Formosa Plastics Corp. USA has resumed full production of PVC resin at its plant in Point Comfort, Texas.
Part of the unit was offline for a few hours on April 13 after almost 170 pounds of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) were released from a 3-inch de-gas line at the site between April 12-13, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. VCM is a feedstock used to make PVC resin.
In an April 17 email to Plastics News, a spokesman for Livingston, N.J.-based Formosa said equipment was repaired after a minor leak was detected. He added that there was no impact to the firm's customers or to the broader PVC market from the incident.
Point Comfort is Formosa's largest suspension PVC production site, with annual capacity estimated at almost 1.8 billion pounds. The firm also makes suspension PVC in Baton Rouge, La., and dispersion PVC in Delaware City, Del.
In addition to PVC, Formosa makes polyethylene, polypropylene and related products in Point Comfort.