SOURCE: Texas Petrochemicals LP

October 24, 2005 10:07 ET

Texas Petrochemicals LP Another Step Closer to Emissions Reduction Goal

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 24, 2005 -- Texas Petrochemicals LP (TPC) (OTC: TXPI), a Houston-based petrochemical company specializing in C4 hydrocarbons, today announced the company placed its flare gas recovery process in service, which will substantially reduce the 1,3-butadiene (BD) emissions coming from the plant's flare. The recovery unit was placed in service more than two months ahead of schedule.

Since 1987, TPC has reduced total yearly emissions of BD by more than 50 percent based on its 2004 emissions inventory data. And, since 1999, TPC has also reduced BD emissions from the single largest point source in its plant, the flare, by more than 40 percent. However, TPC initiated further reductions in its BD emissions at its facility in a voluntary emissions reduction agreement with the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

In this voluntary agreement, TPC committed to a 38,000-pound reduction in BD emissions by the end of 2008. The flare gas recovery project, originally schedule to be complete in 2006, will reduce more than 29,000 pounds of butadiene emissions from the company's flare. This represents more than 75 percent of the company's goal.

A primary component of flare gas recovery project included the installation of a new flare tip, which was complete in September and will help reduce noise levels during a flaring event. Additionally, the company did a thorough leak detection analysis of compressor seals and replaced sections of flare piping that had reached the end of its useful life.

"We are very proud of the work that has been done to safely and successfully complete the company's flare gas recovery project. It, along with great strides we have already made with the installation of fence line monitoring and the company's online cooling tower monitoring project, puts TPC on track for meeting the compliance dates that have been set for Highly Reactive Volatile Organic Compound (HRVOC) reductions and our voluntary emissions reduction timeline," said John Yoars, senior vice president of operations for TPC.

The company is a producer of quality chemical products widely used as chemical building blocks for synthetic rubber, nylon carpets, adhesives, catalysts and additives used in high-performance polymers. The company has manufacturing facilities in the industrial corridor adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel and operates product terminals in Baytown, Texas and Lake Charles, Louisiana. For more information about the company's products and services, visit the company online at www.txpetrochem.com.

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