Pump seal fire contained at Westlake Petrochem

HMN-Pump seal failure leads to fire in Styrene unit at Westlake Petrochem near Lake Charles, Louisiana KPLC 7 reported.

Courtesy of KPLC 7 news

Courtesy of KPLC 7 news


Joe Andrepont, Sr. Community Affairs Representative for Westlake Chemical Corp., said the source of the fire was a pump seal in the Styrene unit, which is located on the southeast corner of Westlake’s Petrochemical manufacturing facility.

A pump seal is designed to prevent fluid from leaking from a piece of equipment.

There is no outside impact, according to Kade Mclemore, with Calcasieu Parish OEP.

Dick Gremillion, head of OEP, said the fire has been contained.

No injuries are reported and all employees – both Westlake and contractors – are accounted for, Andrepont said.

Styrene, which is a benzene derivative, is a relatively light and aromatic hydrocarbon.  The products made from styrene include styrofoam, and polystyrene.

Does the facility you protect process styrene?  Let us know some of the runs you have had dealing with it in the comments or at info@hazmatnation.com





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