A serious fire broke out at TPC’s Port Neches, Texas, 425,000 t/yr butadiene (BD) facility on 27 November, prompting shifts in the entire supply chain. The reaction involved cracker operators with crude C4 that is typically shipped to TPC’s Port Neches or Houston facilities; BD contract customers; other BD producers who worked to fill the void; companies who stored material in TPC’s onsite tanks; and finally, those who were dependent on an industrial gas facility that was also onsite at Port Neches.

Three key themes emerged from the TPC fire: the logistics of moving crude C4 and BD; acetylene content; and hydraulic constraints. Download this paper to get the comprehensive coverage and aftermath from the explosion