On Aug. 28, Dow Inc. reported that its Gulf Coast sites reported no major damage from Hurricane Laura.
"The safety of Dow employees is our first priority and the vast majority of employees have been accounted for and are safe," officials said. "We are offering recovery assistance for employees and impacted communities."
Dow's manufacturing site in Freeport, Texas, continued operating, as did its facilities across Louisiana. Other company sites in Texas — including Orange (Sabine), Beaumont, Deer Park, La Porte, Bayport and Texas City — safely shut down operations prior to the storm making landfall.
"Once it was safe to do so, inspection crews at the sites began assessing the impact of the storm," Dow officials said. "At this time, we have not identified any significant structural damage or flooding at any of the facilities.
"We are beginning the process of restarting our sites and expect that Deer Park, La Porte, Bayport and Texas City will be fully operational on Tuesday. While our sites in Sabine and Beaumont experienced very minor damage, startup of these assets will progress as external infrastructure allows."
While Dow experienced very limited logistics impacts due to the storm, officials said that the firm continues to assess impacts to infrastructure in the region. "We are working closely with our Dow families and local partners to help support our colleagues and communities recover from any damages as a result of the storm," they said.
ExxonMobil Chemical Co. "is reaching out to our employees and their families to confirm they are safe and to understand the impact the storm had on them," officials said Aug. 28. The firm's initial assessment of its facilities in Beaumont, Texas, "revealed the need for only minor repairs" and restart activities have begun.
"Timing on when operations can resume to normal will largely depend on the availability of power, product transportation infrastructure such as pipelines and rail lines and the reopening of the Sabine Neches Waterway," officials said.
Ineos Olefins & Polymers USA has placed force majeure supply limits on high density PE resins made at its complex in League City, Texas. In a letter to customers, Ineos officials said that their action was connected to "initiation of hurricane preparedness protocols" related to Hurricane Laura. Ineos also makes HDPE pipe in League City.
Market sources said that LyondellBasell also has placed force majeure sales limits on PP resins. The company declined to comment.
Indorama Ventures closed its plant in Port Neches, Texas, officials said in a release. Products made at that plant include PET feedstock monoethylene glycol (MEG).
Officials with Total Petrochemicals said that early assessment of the firm's refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, "is positive."
The refinery's management and teams on the ground "are taking measures to safely work towards restarting operations," a spokesperson said in an Aug. 28 email to Plastics News. The refinery provides raw materials to Total's plastics and petrochemicals plants in the region.
Other plastics-related closings in the Gulf Coast area, according to data firm PetrochemWire, included Bayport Polymers' PE unit in Pasadena, Texas; Ineos Styrolution's production of styrene monomer, a polystyrene feedstock, in Pasadena; and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.'s production of various products in Pasadena and other Texas sites in Orange, Port Arthur and Cedar Bayou.