BP has confirmed a report by Reuters that the company is permanently shutting down an idle para-xylene (p-xylene) unit at Texas City, TX. According to Reuters, BP also plans to lay off 36 staff.
The “BP Texas City Chemicals facility is permanently closing one paraxylene unit (PX-1) that has been idle for more than a year amid difficult market conditions,” says the company. “As a result of the PX-1 closure, BP will reorganize its Texas City Chemicals plant to better align and scale resources to meet our commitments and support our business goals, while maintaining safe, compliant and reliable operations.”
BP says it will continue to operate the site’s PX-2 and PX-3 p-xylene units, as well as a meta-xylene unit.
According to Reuters, which cites “sources familiar with the company’s plans,” BP will cut 24 hourly and 12 salaried staff at Texas City.
By Clay Boswell
Source: Chemical Week
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