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Equipment Failure Causes Huntsman Manufacturing Disruption

August 18, 2014

Huntsman Corp. recently announced it experienced an unplanned manufacturing disruption on a production unit at its facility in Port Neches, Texas. There were no injuries resulting from the incident.

The disruption, which occurred on August 14, was reportedly caused by equipment failure. The facility manufactures methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), propylene oxide (PO) and propylene glycols (PG). The manufacturing disruption also reportedly impacts internal PO supply to downstream MDI systems, amines, surfactants and propylene oxide derivatives.

The affected unit is expected to be offline 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.

For more information, visit www.huntsman.com.

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