The Woodlands, Texas -- Initial assessments indicate that Huntsman Corp. facilities in the Texas Gulf Coast region suffered no significant damage as a result of Hurricane Ike, announced Peter Huntsman, president and ceo of Huntsman on 15 Sept.
The hurricane swept across the coast of Texas on Saturday 13 Sept., and Peter Huntsman said damage to the group's plants "appears to have been less than we might have expected given the storm's severity." This is "in no small part due to the thorough preparation and orderly shutdown of the plants undertaken by Huntsman associates in advance of Ike reaching land. However, none of the plants are operational at the moment, as we are constrained by the availability of power and in some cases we anticipate raw material and transportation restrictions," he said.
Huntsman will work with its partners to get all of the plants back up and running, safely and efficiently, he said. The group will talk to customers directly about product availability, the Huntsman ceo added.
Huntsman plants affected are:
·Conroe: speciality amines, carbonates, urethane catalysts, and surfactants.
·Chocolate Bayou, which produces alkylates (LAB and related products);
·Port Neches: ethylene, EO, EG, PO, PG, MTBE, ethanolamines, morpholine/DGA and surfactants, PEGs;
·Dayton: surfactants, PEGs and blends.
Huntsman said its MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) plant in Geismar, Louisiana, was not affected by Hurricane Ike, and has recently resumed production after losing power as a result of Hurricane Gustav, the week before.