12 May 2011 22:14 [Source: ICIS news]
Charles Drevna, president of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), said the group’s members were “taking all necessary steps” to keep floodwaters at bay if possible and ensure the operational viability of their production sites.
He also noted that companies with plants in the Mississippi delta flood zone typically make arrangements to ensure safety precautions for their workforces and residents near production facilities.
Drevna's comments followed action by the White House in announcing a formal declaration of disaster in Mississippi. The declaration means that companies and households in the region damaged by floodwaters would be eligible for relief funds and recovery loans.
Petrochemical, refining and other process industry plants in the Mississippi Delta area and other regions of the US Gulf coast have longstanding preparation and reaction plans and procedures for catastrophic weather events.
The region often is hit by hurricanes and tornadoes, in addition to flooding caused by upstream weather.
Production facilities typically will shut down in advance of a hurricane or other major weather emergency, or keep operating at low levels with minimum crew so that most workers can tend to their homes and families.
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The potential for flood-related damage to production facilities also has had impact on crude oil and fuel prices.
Drevna said that the flooding also “reminds us once again of the vital role
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