The Performance Products division of Huntsman Corp. (The Woodlands, Texas) on Sept. 17 declared force majeure on products manufactured at several of its Texas plants as a direct result of the effects of Hurricane Ike.
The sites and products affected are: Chocolate Bayou, which produces Alkylates (LAB and related products); Port Neches, which produces ethylene, EO, EG, PO, PG, MTBE, ethanolamines, Morpholine/DGA agent, surfactants, and PEGs; Dayton, which produces surfactants, PEGs and blends; and Conroe, which makes specialty amines, carbonates, urethane catalysts, and surfactants. Force majeure was already in place for ethyleneamines, produced at the company’s Freeport site and this will continue.
Commenting on the force majeure, divisional president Don Stanutz 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. However, we are 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.”