August 25, 2020 – Hurricane Laura is projected to become a major Category 3 storm or higher as it makes landfall along the Texas and Louisiana coasts Thursday morning. In preparation for landfall, our Gulf Coast sites have activated their comprehensive preparedness plans.
The following actions have been taken at our operational sites.
- Lake Charles, Louisiana polypropylene site is currently in the storm’s projected path. We are in the process of safely shut down the facility. A “ride out crew” will remain on site to ensure the safety of the plant and our assets during the storm.
- Due to the anticipated wind associated with Hurricane Laura, our Bayport Polymers business in Bayport, Texas is initiating the safe shut down of the polymers unit and catalloy lines.
- Our Chocolate Bayou Polymers site in Alvin, Texas is co-located with another industrial facility that plans to shut down and as a result, our Chocolate Bayou Polymers Plant will involuntarily shut down.
We also continue to provide our employees and contractors with updates. We have asked that they continue to monitor the evolving weather conditions and follow the guidance of federal, state and local authorities.
LyondellBasell continues to monitor the weather conditions and will adjust our plans as needed. As always, our primary concern is for the safety of our workers, their families, the surrounding community and the environment.