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Texan MTBE Disruption Equipment Failure at Port Neches MTBE Plant Causes Production Loss

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

Huntsman's manufacturing site for MTBE, PO and PG in Port Neches, Texas, experiences unplanned manufacturing disruption: The site had to shut down at least one production train for two to three weeks. There were no injuries resulting from the incident.

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The Woodlands/Texas – An equipment failure at the site on Thursday, August 14th, resulted in an unplanned manufacturing disruption. The affected unit is expected to be off-line for two to three weeks, with an estimated negative impact of US $ 30 million EBITDA for Huntsman's Polyurethanes and Performance Products divisions.

Huntsman's Port Neches facility manufactures methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), propylene oxide (PO) and propylene glycols (PG). The manufacturing disruption also impacts internal PO supply to downstream MDI systems, amines, surfactants and propylene oxide derivatives. The affected unit is expected to be off-line for two to three weeks, with an estimated negative impact of $30 million EBITDA for Huntsman's Polyurethanes and Performance Products divisions. It is yet to be determined whether this will impact the planned maintenance scheduled for the first half of 2015.

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