USA: Plant Assessment Hurricane Laura Causes No Major Damage to Dow’s Facilities
Several of Dow’s US sites safely shut down operations before the impact of the hurricane. However, manufacturing operations at the firm’s sites in Freeport, Texas and Louisiana remained active. Minor damages were reported at the company’s Sabine and Beaumont sites.
Midland/USA – Dow has recently issued a statement that its sites along the U.S. Gulf Coast reported no major damage from Hurricane Laura. It mentioned that the safety of Dow employees is the firm’s first priority and the vast majority of employees that have been accounted for are safe. The company is offering recovery assistance for employees and impacted communities.
Dow has robust weather preparedness plans and began implementing them as Hurricane Laura approached. Due to the projected intensity and path of the storm, the company’s manufacturing site in Freeport, Texas, continued operating, along with its other facilities across Louisiana. Dow’s sites in Sabine, Beaumont, Deer Park, La Porte, Bayport and Texas City safely shut down operations prior to Laura making landfall.
Once it was safe to do so, inspection crews at the sites began assessing the impact of the storm. At this time, the firm did not identify any significant structural damage or flooding at any of the facilities.
The company is beginning the process of restarting its sites and expects that Deer Park, La Porte, Bayport and Texas City will be fully operational soon. While its sites in Sabine and Beaumont experienced very minor damage, startup of these assets will progress as external infrastructure allows. While Dow experienced very limited logistics impacts due to the storm, it continues to assess impacts to infrastructure in the region.