After the controlled shutdown due to the landfall of Hurricane Harvey at end of August, Oxea announced the successful restart of operations at its production sites in Bay City and Bishop, Texas, USA.
Monheim am Rhein/Germany — The units are back in operation mode and have started production of specified material. Although the units are not yet back at full capacities, the company was able to repeal Force Majeure for several products. While logistics are still a state-wide challenge, the producer is eager to arrange shipments matching with the customers' needs.
Due to fortunate circumstances the impact of the hurricane and subsequent flooding were less damaging than forecast, and only minor issues have been identified at the site.
In Bay City, Oxea is currently implementing one of its largest investment projects: the construction of the new propanol production unit Propanol 2, scheduled for completion in 2018. The contractors have secured the construction site before the storm. The assessment of the Propanol 2 construction site did not identify any significant damages.
“Except for a slight schedule delay, the Propanol 2 Project suffered very little impact from Hurricane Harvey,” stated Markus Heuwes, Propanol 2 Project Director at Oxea.