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Harvey hits more petchem plants, refineries on Texas coast

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 28/08/2017 (13:01)
The Texas coast was hit by the devastating Hurricane Harvey late on Friday with casualties, according to media sources. Some petrochemical companies including Formosa, OxyChem, Dow Chemical and Braskem halted operations ahead of the landfall while many more producers had to shut their facilities down over the weekend.

As a hub for petrochemical and chemical plants as well as refineries, the region has been severely hit by the hurricane. Not only production but also logistics were affected as the majority of ports in Houston, Texas City, Galveston, Freeport and Corpus Christi were ordered to be shut.

LyondellBasell shut its petrochemical complex in Corpus Christi, Texas, on August 25 as part of precautions ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Harvey. The company shut its three HDPE plants in Texas located at Matagore, Chocolate Bayou and Victoria, along with a newly expanded 1.1 million tons/year cracker. LyondellBasell’s Channelview, La Porte and Bayport olefins and polymer complexes were operating at lower rates because of flooding, sources said.

Ineos reportedly shut its No 1 and No 2 olefin units at its Chocolate Bayou complex in Texas due to flooding in the aftermath of the hurricane. The units have a combined capacity of nearly 2 million tons/year while the company also produces PP at the facility.

Chevron Phillips Chemical shut its Cedar Bayou petrochemical complex in Baytown, Texas. The complex houses a 835,000 tons/year cracker in addition to HDPE, LDPE and LLDPE units apart from a 1.5 million cracker project that is slated to start up in Q4 2017.

According to market sources, M&G Chemicals suspended operations and construction-related work at its petrochemical complex in Corpus Christi, Texas. The complex houses a PET plant with a capacity of 1.4 million tons/year, which was scheduled to start by October.

In terms of refineries, the ones in Corpus Christi were already closed ahead of the storm. However, flooding in the Houston area forced more closures Sunday. The plants run by Exxon, Citgo, Petrobras, Flint Hills, Magellan, Buckeye, Shell, Phillips 66 and two plants run by Valero Energy (VLO) were all forced to close because of the storm.
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