Power interruption prompts flaring at Chevron Phillips' Baytown plant

(Reuters) - Chevron Phillips was utilizing the safety flare system at its Baytown, Texas, chemical plant following a power interruption, according to a source familiar with plant operations.

Thick black smoke was seen throughout the morning at the plant, located on the east side of the Houston metro area, according to a Reuters witness.

The smoke had started to dissipate by around noon local time, the witness said.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Safety flares are used when a refinery or chemical plant experiences an upset or outage to burn off hydrocarbons that cannot be processed normally.

(Reporting by Erwin Seba in Baytown; Writing by Liz Hampton in Denver; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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