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Rain spawned by Hurricane Harvey is still falling near Houston, affecting more than half of the U.S. ethylene capacity, but some firms are gradually making plans to bring materials plants back on line.
Both Formosa Plastics Corp. USA and Enterprise Products LP have announced they have begun work to restart operations in Texas, four days after Harvey made landfall on the Gulf Coast.
“We are making progress with our facility assessment and limited in-plant utilities are in operation,” said Formosa officials about its Point Comfort facility. “Regular employee work schedules will commence on Aug. 29 ... at reduced staffing levels due to the number of employees that have sheltered outside the immediate area.”
Enterprise Products also began work to restart production on Aug. 29, and expected to be back on line by Sept. 3, according to consulting service PetroChem Wire.
Harvey still may likely have major impacts on short-term markets for polyethylene, PVC and related materials PetroChem Wire noted.
Fairlawn, Ohio-based A. Schulman Inc. announced Aug. 29 that its three Houston-area facilities are closed to “ensure the safety of our employees and to respect nightly curfews which would impact some of the scheduled shifts.”
“We are waiting for further assessment of the facilities to understand what, if any, damage has been sustained, which will then provide us more information to determine when operations may be able to resume. With the ongoing rain, electrical outages and communication disruption, it is early to tell what, if any, impact the storm may have on our operations.”