Incident Update - October 26, 2017, 4:30 PM. ET
As previously announced, on October 4, 2017 an explosion in the Kingsport site’s coal gasification area disrupted manufacturing operations. There were no serious injuries and no impact to the environment. All manufacturing operations have resumed except for coal gasification. Due to the unique advantages of our scale and integration, the company has made excellent progress in repairing the facility and implemented alternate processes to maintain operations of downstream derivative facilities of coal gasification. We expect the coal gasification area to be operable by the end of fourth quarter 2017. This, along with our mitigating actions, is expected to enable full production of acetyl chemicals and derivatives. Normal operations are expected to resume in early 2018.
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Incident Update - October 9, 2017, 10:00 AM. ET
Areas of the manufacturing facility are returning to normal operations except coal gasification operations. The company is putting alternate processes in place to maintain operations of all downstream derivative facilities of coal gasification as repairs are being made.
We are committed to being a reliable supplier and we greatly appreciate the support of our customers through these events. We also deeply appreciate the support and offers of support we have received from first responders, our local communities, and many others.
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Incident Update - October 6, 2017, 1:45 PM, ET
All operations in Kingsport other than the coal gasification facility have resumed. As systems within the plant are being calibrated and brought to normal operations, nearby neighbors will hear venting of steam throughout today and possibly into the weekend. Venting of steam is a normal process and there is no cause for concern. We appreciate the community's patience and understanding as we work to bring our utility systems back online.
We are still assessing the impact to our coal gasification operation. We are activating options to continue operations that are typically supplied by the coal gasification facility. We are also working to assess availability of inventory throughout the supply chain to continue supplying acetyls and derivatives as we work through the situation.
Incident Update - October 5, 2017, 1:00 PM, ET
We are continuing to assess the situation and are developing a plan to repair the facility. We have resumed shipments from the Kingsport site as of Thursday,
October 5. Manufacturing sites outside of Kingsport continue to operate as planned.
There was no impact to human health or the environment as a result of this event. There are federal thresholds for emissions and any emissions related to this event remained well below those thresholds.
Some operations at the Kingsport site were idled immediately following the event as a precaution; however, unaffected areas are making good progress towards resuming normal operations. We are still assessing the impact to coal gasification operation and the acetyl stream and are working to assess availability of inventory throughout the supply chain to continue supplying acetyls and derivatives as we work through the situation.
We will provide updates as they become available and customers are being notified if they are impacted by this event.
Incident Update - October 4, 2017, 8:15 PM, ET
About 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, Eastman experienced a process startup upset as we were performing an equipment swap in our coal gasification operations that caused two explosions and a fire.
We realize an event such as this causes concern to our employees, their families and our community neighbors and we truly appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we work to determine exactly what happened and the cause. Safety is a top priority for Eastman, and the company has robust safety processes in place to protect our employees, community and environment in the occurrence of an unplanned event.
Out of an abundance of caution, we issued a shelter in place for our near neighbors and our employees and contractors. The shelter in place has now been lifted. All personnel at Eastman’s Kingsport site are doing a tremendous job in responding to today’s events. There were no injuries beyond first aid and the company anticipates no impact to human health or the long-term impact to the environment as a result of this incident.
We continue to assess the impact to operations and to the business. Some operations at the Kingsport site were idled following the event as a precaution; however, unaffected areas are now in the process of safely restarting. We are currently assessing the impact to coal gasification operation and the acetyl stream.
We will provide updates as they become available.
here to view Eastman’s Oct. 4, 2017 media briefing.
Incident Update - October 4, 2017, 4:15 PM, ET
Eastman has removed the precautionary shelter in place advisory for most personnel at its Kingsport site. We’ve also removed the precautionary shelter in place for the surrounding community within a half-mile radius. Eastman’s near neighbors can resume all normal activities. We appreciate the cooperation from all our neighbors and community during this time. In an event like this, we take every precaution to ensure the safety of our employees and our site neighbors.
Incident Update - October 4, 2017, 3:11 PM, ET
We’re continuing to stabilize and assess the situation. Neighbors within a half-mile radius of the intersection of John B. Dennis and Moreland Drive, and personnel inside the Kingsport plant perimeter are being asked to remain sheltered in place until further notice. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Incident Update - October 4, 2017, 2:07 PM, ET
Around 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, Eastman experienced a process upset in the coal gasification area of its Kingsport, Tenn., manufacturing site. There have been no injuries reported beyond first aid. We're following all safety protocols to assess and secure the area. We’re working to determine the cause and assess the impact to operations and the business.
We’ll provide more information as it becomes available.
Incident Update - October 4, 2017, 1:05 PM, ET
Eastman has removed the precautionary shelter in place advisory Wednesday for its corporate campus and surrounding community, except for those within a half-mile radius of the intersection of John B. Dennis and Moreland Drive, and personnel inside the Kingsport plant perimeter.
The shelter in place advisory was issued in an abundance of caution in response to a process upset in the coal gasification area of its Kingsport manufacturing site.
No injuries have been reported. The incident was reported to the proper regulatory authorities.
We expect to have an assessment by 3 p.m. whether the localized shelter in place advisory will be lifted.
Eastman will continue to share additional details as they become available.
Incident Update - October 4, 2017, 11:48 AM, ET
Around 10:00 a.m. we experienced a process upset in the coal gasification area of our Kingsport manufacturing site. The upset created a loud noise and a visible plume. No one was injured.
In an excess of caution, our employees are currently sheltered in place as we are working to secure the area.
Until more information is known, near neighbors are advised to do the same. That means to stay indoors, turn off your HVAC system. More information will be updated on Eastman.com, the Eastman Care line and local media. We have reported the incident to the proper regulatory authorities. Please call 423-229-CARE with issues/question.