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Eastman: Coal gas plant is restarting

Hank Hayes, Kingsport Times News • Dec 27, 2017 at 5:54 PM

KINGSPORT – Eastman Chemical Co. announced Wednesday the “mechanical completion” of its coal gasification plant that is currently in the process of restarting.

The facility exploded on Oct. 4, although Eastman initially referred to the incident as a “process upset.”

Eastman reported the restart, along with mitigating actions taken since the incident, is expected to enable full production of acetyls chemicals and derivatives in early 2018.

“Our teams of Eastman employees and contractors have been working to safely repair the facility as quickly as possible, and I am confident that we have taken the appropriate corrective actions to ensure the highest safety standard as we restart and resume normal operation,” said Mark Cox, senior vice president, chief manufacturing, supply chain and engineering officer. “We appreciate the support from our customers and are excited to resume normal commercial supply of all acetyls chemicals and derivatives.”

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