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LyondellBasell shuts multiple plants ahead of Hurricane Laura's landfall

August 28/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- LyondellBasell has shut multiple plants in Louisiana and Texas ahead of Hurricane Laura's landfall, reported S&P Global with reference to a spokeswoman's confirmation in an email Aug. 26.

Spokeswoman Chevalier Gray said the company had shut two polypropylene (PP) plants in Lake Charles, Louisiana; three PP plants in Alvin, Texas; and a high density polyethylene plant (HDPE) in Bayport, Texas, along the Houston Ship Channel.

The company operates 1 million mt/year and 400,000 mt/year PP plants in Lake Charles, which is among the cities in the storm's direct path.

Hurricane Laura strengthened to a Category 4 storm, packing winds up to a maximum of 140 mph, on Aug. 26 and was expected to make landfall near the Texas-Louisiana state line at midnight or shortly thereafter on Aug. 27.

The National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Laura's storm surge along the coastline could reach 15-20 feet at Calasieu Lake in Lake Charles.

Chevalier said a "ride-out crew," or a small team of Lake Charles workers, remain on site "to ensure the safety of the plant and our assets during the storm." Such ride-out crews are common at refineries and chemical plants when storms hit.

LyondellBasell's other shut assets include three PP plants at Bayport near the mouth of the Houston Ship Channel with capacities of 1.16 million mt/year, 455,000 mt/year and 235,000 mt/year. The shut HDPE plant in Alvin, Texas, can produce up to 180,000 mt/year.

As MRC reported previously, in early August, 2020, Chinas Bora LyondellBasell Petrochemical, a JV between the privately owned Bora Enterprise Group and the world's petrochemical major - LyondellBasell, has started up its new steam cracker at the Panjin complex in northeast China. The steam cracker, when fully operational, is able to produce up to 1 mln mt/year of ethylene.

According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia dropped in January-June 2020 by 7% year on year to 328,000 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the main decrease in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia rose in the first six months of 2020 by 21% year on year to 105,300 tonnes. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.

LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its 13,000 employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, and improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road. LyondellBasell sells products into approximately 100 countries and is the world's largest licensor of polyolefin technologies.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, homopolymer PP, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, Bora LyondellBasell Petrochemical, LyondellBasell, China, Russia, USA.
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