Czech Republic: Restart of POX Plant Unipetrol Puts Partial Oxidation Unit Back Into Operation
After repairing the partial oxidation unit (POX), Unipetrol put its first part into operation. This follows a fire and explosion at the plant on December 12.
Litvínov/Czech Republic — The company announced that the first part of the partial oxidation unit was put into operation on December 28, which allowed them to increase performance of the Litvínov Refinery.
The company expects the second part of the partial oxidation unit to be put back into operation in early January. The ammonia plant’s operation should be restored to the full extent in the first half of January. Operation of the steam cracker and the refinery is expected to return to its standard performance at the same time.
On 12 December 2017 a fire and explosion at the partial oxidation unit (POX) occurred in the production plant in Litvínov–Záluží, which resulted in an unplanned shutdown of the POX unit and ammonia production unit and partial reduction of crude oil processing in refineries at this location and in Kralupy nad Vltavou as well as in partial reduction of processing on the Steam Cracker Unit in Litvínov. The fire was probably caused by a leak to the gas pipeline.