According to ExxonMobil, facility assessments and restart activities are continuing at its Baytown refinery, and it has made significant progress in restarting chemical production, pipelines and other logistical infrastructure in the Houston, Texas, US, area. The company’s fuel terminals in Houston are open and supplying gasoline and diesel to customers. Offshore production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are beginning to return to normal operations. Production units at the Beaumont refinery remain shut down due to flooding in the lower level of the refinery.
Safety remains ExxonMobil’s first priority as facility assessments continue and operations begin to resume. Efforts are underway to transport refined products from unaffected regions to communities and customers in the most severely impacted areas. The company is also delaying scheduled maintenance at other ExxonMobil refineries to continue producing gasoline and diesel to relieve the supply situation. Personnel from the Baton Rouge, Billings and Joliet refineries are being deployed to Baytown and Beaumont to help restore operations.
The company has provided nearly 650 000 gal. of fuel for use by emergency responders working in areas impacted by the storm, including Beaumont, Baytown and the greater Houston area, as well as Dallas and Baton Rouge. In Beaumont, ExxonMobil engineers continue to assist the city with restoring the municipal water system, which was impacted by flooding.
“Our teams have been working around the clock to restore operations as quickly and safely as possible so we can supply fuels to our customers,” said Darren W. Woods, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil. “The incredible efforts our employees have put behind maintaining critical operations under challenging conditions has been remarkable.”
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