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HOUSTON (ICIS)--Tropical Storm Harvey is producing flooding rains over eastern Texas and western Louisiana, prompting more ports, refineries and petrochemical plants to shut down or reduce operations, and more companies to declare force majeure on products.
Harvey is expected to weaken to a tropical depression, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said, as its centre should move through southwestern and central Louisiana overnight. Harvey should move through northeastern Louisiana and northwestern Mississippi on Thursday.
The ports of Beaumont, Port Arthur and Lake Charles closed on Wednesday as Harvey headed toward southwest Louisiana, according to a port spokesman and the US Coast Guard (USCG).
Several companies on Wednesday announced or confirmed plant shutdowns or reduced/affected operations, and many declared force majeure or implemented allocation.
- Berry shuts two plastics plants. - Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem) shuts Port Arthur complex. - Covestro declares force majeure on methyl di-p phenylene isocyanate (MDI), toluene di-isocyanate (TDI), polyols, liquid caustic soda (50%), hydrochloric acid (36%), hexamethylene di-isocyanate (HDI), isophorone di-isocyanate (IPDI), select pre-polymers and aspartics from Baytown and Channelview. - DCP shuts Andrews natural gas processing plant. - Dow Chemical flares at Texas City vinyl acetate monomer (VAM). - Monument declares force majeure on Texas-based products.
- Berry shuts two plastics plants.
- Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem) shuts Port Arthur complex.
- Covestro declares force majeure on methyl di-p phenylene isocyanate (MDI), toluene di-isocyanate (TDI), polyols, liquid caustic soda (50%), hydrochloric acid (36%), hexamethylene di-isocyanate (HDI), isophorone di-isocyanate (IPDI), select pre-polymers and aspartics from Baytown and Channelview.
- DCP shuts Andrews natural gas processing plant.
- Dow Chemical flares at Texas City vinyl acetate monomer (VAM).
- Monument declares force majeure on Texas-based products.- Stolt shuts Houston bulk-liquid storage terminal.
- Targa shuts Cedar Bayou fractionator.
- Targa receives natural gas liquid (NGL) sales curtailment.
- TPC shuts operations at Port Neches site.
- Total has power outage that caused its Port Arthur refinery to shut.
- Valero shuts Port Arthur refinery.
Meanwhile, Arkema confirmed concerns that its Crosby liquid organic peroxides plant in Texas has the potential for a chemical reaction that could lead to an explosion or fire. The plant closed on 25 August as a precautionary measure, but continued rainfall and floods has affected electricity supply required to keep those chemicals refrigerated.
As previously reported, several companies have declared force majeure because of Harvey.
- BASF declares force majeure on acrylic monomers and oxo-alcohol.
- 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.
- Enterprise Mont Belvieu fractionators.
- Marathon Texas City refinery.As of late Tuesday, several companies had shut down or reduced operating rates as a precaution to Harvey, or 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's liquefied petroleum gas (LGP) export terminal is out of services.
- ExxonMobil shuts Baytown refinery and chemicals plant.
- Flint Hills Resources flares at Houston propane dehydrogentation (PDH).
- Flint Hills shuts Port Arthur olefins.
- Formosa shuts Point Comfort chlor-alkali.
- Hexion shuts Deer Park epoxy resin.
- 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.
- Marathon shuts Texas City refinery.
- Motiva reduces rates at Port Arthur refinery.
- Petrobras shuts Pasadena refinery.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Further in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Irma has formed and is moving west, NOAA said.
Irma has maximum sustained winds near 50 miles/hour, with NOAA forecasts showing the storm could become a hurricane on Friday.