The Woodlands, Texas - The Performance Products division of Huntsman Corp. announced 1 Oct that four of its five sites in Texas that had been shutdown in preparation for Hurricane Ike have now restarted operations. The plants, Port Neches, Freeport, Dayton, and Conroe, are all returning to normal operations. The Chocolate Bayou site is still undergoing some repairs in preparation for an expected restart next week.
"I'm delighted with the progress that our team has made in getting those plants restarted, in what have been very difficult circumstances. The preparations for, and rapid response to Hurricane Ike by our associates really seem to have paid off in enabling the speedy restart of the facilities," said divisional president Don Stanutz.
Adding, "of course, it will take us some time before we get back to full capacity for all products at all of the plants, but we're putting every effort into achieving this as soon as we safely can, and in the meantime we will continue to work closely with our customers to minimise any effects on their businesses. Products from these plants will continue to be on allocation following the force majeure that was declared 17 Sept."
The products manufactured at the affected sites are:
• Chocolate Bayou: Produces alkylates (LAB and related products)
• Port Neches: Ethylene, EO, EG, PO, PG, MTBE, ethanolamines, morpholine/DGA agent, surfactants, PEGs
• Freeport: Ethyleneamines
• Dayton: Surfactants, PEGs and blends
• Conroe: Specialty amines, carbonates, urethane catalysts, and sutfactants