US petchems declare force majeures amid restart plans, Harvey floods

Tracy Dang

29-Aug-2017

(recasts with updates throughout)

HOUSTON (ICIS)–Several more petrochemical companies in the US Gulf region have declared force majeure (FM) because of Hurricane/now Tropical Storm Harvey, even as some sites are planning restarts.

– BASF declares force majeure on acrylic monomers and oxo-alcohol.

– Celanese declares force majeure on vinyl acetate monomer (VAM).

– Formosa declares force majeure on polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

– Formosa declares force majeure on chlor-alkali.

– INEOS declares force majeure on polypropylene (PP) after the storm’s effects on Chocolate Bayou and La Porte.

– INVISTA declares force majeure on butanediol (BDO).

– LyondellBasell declares force majeure on polyethylene (PE) after shutdowns at Matagorda, Chocolate Bayou and La Porte.

– LyondellBasell declares force majeure on butadiene (BD) and butanediol (BDO) after production loss at Channelview.

– LyondellBasell declares force majeure on several products including ethylene oxide (EO), ethylene glycols (EG), propylene glycol (PG), glycol ethers, ethanolamines after issues at Bayport.

– LyondellBasell declares force majeure on acetic acid and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) after issues at La Porte.

– Ascend declares force majeure on acrylonitrile (ACN), hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and disodium iminodiacetate (DSIDA) from Chocolate Bayou.

Meanwhile, several companies are planning restarts at their facilities:

– Enterprise Mont Belvieu fractionators.

– Flint Hills Corpus Christi west refinery and east refinery.

– Formosa Point Comfort olefins 1 and olefins 2.

-Valero Corpus Christi and Three Rivers refineries.

Previously, several companies had shut down or reduced operating rates as a precaution due to Harvey, or have had production issues stemming from severe weather, heavy rains and flooding.

– American Acryl shuts Bayport acrylic acid.

– Braskem shuts Seadrift polypropylene (PP).

– Celanese shuts Pasadena methanol.

– Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem) shuts certain operations at Cedar Bayou and Sweeny, as well as other facilities as appropriate. Previously, the company said it was conducting a sitewide shutdown at Cedar Bayou.

– CP Chem shuts Pasadena Plastics Complex, which produces polyethylene (PE).

– Citgo shuts Corpus Christi refinery.

– Covestro reduces operations at Baytown methyl di-p phenylene isocyanate (MDI), toluene di-isocyanate (TDI), polycarbonate (PC), aniline and chlorine. Later, the company said it has suspended production on most products at Baytown and Channelview.

– Dow Chemical shuts Seadrift operations. The company said it remains operational at remaining Texas sites. However, it had a process upset at Freeport olefins after a lightning strike to another facility.

– DuPont shuts Orange olefins.

– Enterprise shuts Mont Belvieu south plant.

– Enterprise said three of six propylene splitters are in operation or in limited service.

– Enterprise shuts Shoup natural gas processing. Later, it said it shut six of eight natural gas processing plants, including Shoup.

– Enterprise’s ethane export terminal is out of service.

– Enterprise’s liquefied petroleum gas (LGP) export terminal is out of services.

– ExxonMobil shuts Baytown refinery and chemicals plant.

– ExxonMobil reduces rates at Beaumont refinery. The company later shut some units at its olefins and polyethylene (PE) site.

– Flint Hills Corpus Christi shuts east refiney and west refinery.

– Flint Hills Resources flares at Houston propane dehydrogentation (PDH).

– Flint Hills shuts Port Arthur olefins.

– Formosa shuts Point Comfort olefins 1 and olefins 2.

– Formosa shuts Point Comfort chlor-alkali.

– Hexion shuts Deer Park epoxy resin.

– Huntsman shuts Chocolate Bayou, Conroe, Dayton, Houston, Freeport and Port Neches sites.

– Indorama unit trips at Clear Lake ethylene oxide.

– INEOS has upset at Chocolate Bayou olefins 1 and 2.

– INEOS shuts Green Lake acrylonitrile.

– INVISTA shuts Victoria nylon intermediates.

– Javelina shuts Corpus Christi gas processing.

– LyondellBasell shuts Bayport, Chocolate Bayou, Corpus Christi, La Porte, Matagorda and Victoria sites. Previously, the company said it was conducting preparations at its Corpus Christi olefins plant.

– LyondellBasell shuts or partially shuts BD at Channelview.

– LyondellBasell scaled back operations at its Houston refinery.

– LyondellBasell had a power supply interruption at Channelview olefins and methanol. Earlier, market sources said the company had shut down one of its two crackers.

– Marathon shuts Texas City refinery.

– Motiva reduces rates at Port Arthur refinery.

– Petrobras shuts Pasadena refinery.

– Phillips 66 suspended operations at its Freeport terminal, including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) export, and Pasadena refined products terminal.

– Phillips 66 shuts Sweeny refinery.

– Shell shuts Deer Park refinery and chemicals plant.

– Occidental Chemical (OxyChem)/OxyVinyls shuts Ingleside ethylene and chlor-alkali.

– TPC boilers trip at Houston butadiene (BD) site.

– Valero shuts Corpus refineries and Three Rivers refinery.

Meanwhile:

– DuPont is down at its Victoria site for a previously planned outage. It will commence start-up activities when the weather improves.

– INEOS discovered a heat exchanger tube leak at its Pasadena site. Repairs are unable to commence until weather risks pass.

– Texas ports remain closed, and several railroad companies have issued embargoes or suspended operations.

To view an interactive map of petrochemical plants in Texas, click here. Use the drop-down menu to see plants by products, and zoom in to see more details.

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