US refineries, petchems remain impacted by Harvey rains, floods

28 August 2017 17:30 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Operations at US Gulf Coast refineries and petrochemical plants continue to be disrupted on Monday by severe weather and flooding from Harvey, which has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm.

Harvey has brought over 20 inches (50 cm) of rain to portions of southeast Texas, the National Weather Service (NWS) said, resulting in logistical issues as Texas ports remain close and as several railroad companies have issued embargoes or suspended operations.

Meanwhile, the following companies have shut down refineries or petrochemical plants as precautionary measures to Harvey impacts, or have had production issues as a result of severe weather and flooding.

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

-American Acryl shuts Bayport acrylic acid

-Braskem shuts Seadrift polypropylene (PP)

-Celanese shuts Pasadena methanol

-Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem) shuts Cedar Bayou olefins and derivatives

-Citgo shuts Corpus Christi refinery

-Covestro reduces operations at Baytown methyl di-p phenylene isocyanate (MDI), toluene di-isocyanate (TDI), polycarbonate (PC), aniline, chlorine

-Dow has process upset at Freeport olefins after a lightning strike to another facility

-Dow shuts Seadrift operations

-Enterprise shuts Mont Belvieu south plant

-Enterprise shuts Shoup gas processing

-ExxonMobil shuts Baytown refinery and chemicals plant

-Flint Hills Corpus Christi shuts refinery east and west

-Flint Hills Resources flares at Houston propane dehydrogentation (PDH)

-Formosa shuts Point Comfort olefins 1 and olefins 2

-Formsa shuts Point Comfort chlor-alkali

-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

-Hexion shuts Deer Park epoxy resin

-Javelina shuts Corpus Christi gas processing

-Petrobras shuts Pasadena refinery

-Phillips 66 suspended operations at its Freeport terminal, including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) export

-Phillips 66 shuts Sweeny refinery

-Phillips 66 shuts Pasadena refined products terminal

-Shell shuts Deer Park refinery and chemicals plant

-Occidental Chemical (OxyChem) shuts Ingleside ethylene and chlor-alkali

-TPC boilers trip at Houston butadiene (BD) site

-Valero shuts Corpus refineries

-Valero shuts Three Rivers refinery


-LyondellBasell is conducting preparations at its Corpus Christi olefins plant. Sources said the producer has scaled back operations at its Houston refinery.

-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.

-Liquefied natural gas (LNG) export construction sites are also on alert.

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.

By Tracy Dang