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LyondellBasell experiences power outage, ‘significant flaring’

If passersby noticed the thick, black smoke billowing from the LyondellBasell plant to the blue sky Sunday afternoon, a power outage was the cause.

At approximately 1 p.m., the plant located west of Tuscola on Route 36, experienced a power failure that resulted in significant flaring, according to company representatives.

“Flares are a safety feature designed to securely burn excess material during an operational interruption, which cannot be recovered or recycled,” the press release said Sunday afternoon.

“The black smoke seen at the plant is associated with the flare, which is caused by a loss of steam in the flare system. There is no fire at the plant and there were no injuries as a result of this incident.”

The site crew was working to eliminate the black smoke and flaring as quickly as possible, the release said.

“The products being burned in the flare are primarily ethanol and ethylene which are used in consumer products,” it said.

As of Monday afternoon, the cause of the power outage was unknown.

“We are working through the issue right now,” company officials reported. “Power has yet to be fully restored.”

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