The Woodlands, Texas -- Huntsman Corp.'s Performance Products division declared force majeure 17 Sept on products including propylene oxide made at Port Neches and urethane catalysts made at Conroe.
The force majeure relates to several Huntsman sites in Texas, and is a direct result of the effects of Hurricane Ike.
Sites and products affected are:
• Chocolate Bayou, which produces alkylates (LAB and related products);
• Port Neches: ethylene, EO, EG, PO, PG, MTBE, ethanolamines, morpholine/DGA agent, surfactants, and PEGs;
• Dayton: surfactants, PEGs and blends;
• Conroe: specialty amines, carbonates, urethane catalysts, and surfactants.
Force majeure was already in place for ethyleneamines, produced at Freeport, and this will continue, the group said.
"We are continuing to evaluate Hurricane Ike's impact on our ability to manufacture and deliver products produced in these facilities, but at this point in time none of the plants are operational, there are extensive power outages as well as raw material and transportation constraints," said division president Don Stanutz, in the Huntsman statement.
Stanutz said the group is "taking all reasonable measures to mitigate the impact of this hurricane on our operations and on our customers, consistent with Huntsman's commitment to safety for our employees and the communities in which we operate. We will keep customers informed of our progress on a direct basis and regret any inconvenience the force majeure may cause."