UpdateMany US petchems, refineries lay in path of Isaac

27 August 2012 17:02  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS)--Several US petrochemical plants and refineries lay in the path of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to make landfall by Wednesday as a hurricane.

Isaac's centre was about 310 miles (500 km) southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi river, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was travelling west northwest at about 14 miles/hour.

By Wednesday, when Isaac could make landfall near the Mississippi, it will likely become a hurricane, with wind speeds of at least 74 miles/hour, the centre said.

Hurricanes can disrupt the North American petrochemical industry, since oil and gas production is concentrated in the Gulf of Mexico and much of the country's plants are on the US Gulf coast.

Even the threat of a major storm can disrupt oil and natural gas supplies because companies must evacuate US Gulf platforms as a precaution.

So far, US melamine maker Cornerstone Chemical shut down production at its Waggaman, Louisiana, plant early Monday after authorities ordered an evacuation of the area ahead of the arrival of tropical storm Isaac.

Cornerstone produces 60,000 tonnes/year of melamine at a plant in the Fortier Manufacturing Complex at Waggaman, about 40 miles from New Orleans.

The Cornerstone plant was expected to remain shut for at least several days, a source said.

US refiner Marathon said it began the shut down of its 490,000 bbl/day Garyville refinery in Louisiana.

Phillips 66 was in the process of temporarily shutting down its 247,000 bbl/day Alliance Refinery in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.

Chevron said on Sunday night that its Pascagoula refinery in Mississippi was continuing to operate.

Many chemical plants remain operating, although they continue to monitor the storm's progress.

In particular, Louisiana is home to several chlor-alkali and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plants.

The following lists some of the plants near the Mississippi river in Louisiana, the mouth of which is the expected landfall for Isaac.

Product

Company

Location

Capacity

Unit

EO

BASF

Geismar

220000

tonne/year

Hydrochloric acid

BASF

Geismar

160000

tonne/year

MDI

BASF

Geismar

290000

tonne/year

TDI

BASF

Geismar

160000

tonne/year

Melamine

Cornerstone Chemical

Waggaman

60000

tonne/year

Benzene

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

335000

tonne/year

Benzene

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

400000

tonne/year

Caustic soda

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

1000000

tonne/year

Chlorine

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

885000

tonne/year

DEG

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

20000

tonne/year

Ethylene

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

499000

tonne/year

Ethylene

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

758000

tonne/year

EDC

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

1270000

tonne/year

EO

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

275000

tonne/year

Methyl chloride

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

112000

tonne/year

Perc

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

40000

tonne/year

LLDPE

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

545000

tonne/year

LDPE

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

185000

tonne/year

Propylene

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

365000

tonne/year

MPG

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

190000

tonne/year

PO

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

330000

tonne/year

Toluene

Dow Chemical

Plaquemine

50000

tonne/year

Acrylic acid

Dow Chemical

Taft

110000

tonne/year

Butanol

Dow Chemical

Taft

270000

tonne/year

Diethylene glycol

Dow Chemical

Taft

68000

tonne/year

Ethylene

Dow Chemical

Taft

610000

tonne/year

EO

Dow Chemical

Taft

770000

tonne/year

LLDPE

Dow Chemical

Taft

815000

tonne/year

Propylene

Dow Chemical

Taft

320000

tonne/year

Benzene

ExxonMobil

Baton Rouge

400000

tonne/year

BD

ExxonMobil

Baton Rouge

175000

tonne/year

Butyl rubber

ExxonMobil

Baton Rouge

130000

tonne/year

Ethylene

ExxonMobil

Baton Rouge

1000000

tonne/year

IPA

ExxonMobil

Baton Rouge

380000

tonne/year

MEK

ExxonMobil

Baton Rouge

135000

tonne/year

Phthalic anhydride

ExxonMobil

Baton Rouge

135000

tonne/year

HDPE

ExxonMobil

Baton Rouge

900000

tonne/year

LDPE

ExxonMobil

Baton Rouge

431000

tonne/year

PP

ExxonMobil

Baton Rouge

400000

tonne/year

Propylene

ExxonMobil

Baton Rouge

770000

tonne/year

Toluene

ExxonMobil

Baton Rouge

100000

tonne/year

PVC

Formosa Plastics

Baton Rouge

450000

tonne/year

Acetone

Georgia Gulf

Plaquemine

140000

tonne/year

Caustic soda

Georgia Gulf

Plaquemine

410000

tonne/year

Chlorine

Georgia Gulf

Plaquemine

365000

tonne/year

EDC

Georgia Gulf

Plaquemine

1130000

tonne/year

Phenol

Georgia Gulf

Plaquemine

227000

tonne/year

PVC

Georgia Gulf

Plaquemine

560000

tonne/year

VCM

Georgia Gulf

Plaquemine

725000

tonne/year

Maleic anhydride

Huntsman

Geismar

45000

tonne/year

MDI

Huntsman

Geismar

450000

tonne/year

SBR

Lion Copolymer

Baton Rouge

115000

tonne/year

Ammonia

Mosaic

Faustina

510000

tonne/year

Diammonium phosphate

Mosaic

Faustina

2350000

tonne/year

Sulphuric acid

Mosaic

Faustina

1090000

tonne/year

Caustic soda

Occidental Chemical

Convent

385000

tonne/year

Chlorine

Occidental Chemical

Convent

345000

tonne/year

EDC

Occidental Chemical

Convent

680000

tonne/year

Chlorine

Occidental Chemical

Taft

650000

tonne/year

Caustic soda

Olin

St Gabriel

245000

tonne/year

Chlorine

Olin

St Gabriel

220000

tonne/year

DEG

Shell

Geismar

50000

tonne/year

MEG

Shell

Geismar

400000

tonne/year

EO

Shell

Geismar

420000

tonne/year

Triethylene glycol

Shell

Geismar

11000

tonne/year

BD

Shell

Norco

260000

tonne/year

Ethylene

Shell

Norco

558000

tonne/year

Ethylene

Shell

Norco

862000

tonne/year

Propylene

Shell

Norco

1050000

tonne/year

PVC

Shintech

Plaquemine

590000

tonne/year

Caustic soda

Shintech

Plaquemine

1100000

tonne/year

Chlorine

Shintech

Plaquemine

1000000

tonne/year

VCM

Shintech

Plaquemine

800000

tonne/year

Caustic soda

Westlake

Geismar

130000

tonne/year

Chlorine

Westlake

Geismar

120000

tonne/year

EDC

Westlake

Geismar

535000

tonne/year

PVC

Westlake

Geismar

272000

tonne/year

VCM

Westlake

Geismar

250000

tonne/year

Ethylene

Williams

Geismar

612000

tonne/year

Propylene

Williams

Geismar

45000

tonne/year

Additional reporting by Anna Matherne and Frank Zaworski


By: Al Greenwood
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