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Resin Producer Restart Efforts Continue Post Ida
September 01, 2021

Two major Resin suppliers are working to bring production operations back online in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, which shut down several refineries and petrochemical units earlier this week.

Dow Chemical said its initial assessments do not show any major damage to its production facilities throughout Louisiana. The company continues to assess its Plaquemine facility and it expects to bring operations back online next week, contingent on 3rd party utilities supply restoration.

Meanwhile, there is no timeframe for startup operations at its St. Charles Parish facility due to lack of functioning infrastructure.

The company said its teams are working to be ready to begin bringing assets back online as soon as utility balances and raw materials availability allow, and it is partnering with stakeholders throughout the region to understand both immediate- and longer-term needs to help address critical infrastructure challenges.

In an online statement Dow Chemical said "in the near-term, we expect product and supply chain impacts across the industry to further tighten already constrained supply balances in our key value chains."

Dow's Plaquemine facility has the following capacities: 750,000 mt/yr HDPE; 184,000 mt/yr and 350,000 mt/yr LDPE; 544,000 mt/yr LLDPE.

Its Geismar facility has the following capacities: 750,000 mt/yr HDPE; 800,000 mt/yr LLDPE.

Dow's statement comes a day after ExxonMobil said its Baton Rouge refinery, chemical plant, and other Baton Rouge facilities were safely progressing restart procedures. ExxonMobil added that its facilities did not sustain any significant damage during Hurricane Ida.

ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge facilities has the following Resin capacities: 400,000 mt/yr HDPE; 400,000 mt/yr LDPE; 900,000 mt/yr LLDPE; 410,000 mt/yr Polypropylene.

By Brian Balboa for The Plastics Exchange.


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