Monday, June, 17, 2019 12:36:41
  • The company had cut back on production by approximately 14% a couple of days ago due to a chemical spill in the Houston Ship Channel.
  • The production is set to increase after the facility received new crude shipment & had its sulfur hauled away through barges.

LyondellBasell Industries N.V., (LyondellBasell), a renowned Netherlands-based multinational chemicals firm, according to sources has been preparing to increase the production at its 263,776 barrel-per-day (bpd) facility in Houston.

Reports cite, production at the facility is set to increase after the production plan received new shipment of crude and had its sulfur reserves hauled away on the Houston Ship Channel through barges.

According to an earlier report by Reuters, the production at the facility was seriously hampered due to the shipping limitations that were imposed on the Houston Ship Channel. The limitations prevented the facility from hauling away all the sulfur that is created during the gasoline production process as a byproduct, which stretched the plant’s on-site storage capacity to its limits.

Sources familiar with the matter cited a chemical spill as the primary reason behind the closing of the Houston Ship Channel, which is also known as one of the busiest seaports in the United States.

While the plant waited for the channel to be cleaned and the barges to arrive, the shipment of crude to the facility was redirected & received at the ship channel’s south end in Texas City, Texas, which was not affected by the chemical spill.

Reliable sources claim, the shipment of crude that was received at Texas City would now be sent to the Houston facility through a pipeline.

Meanwhile, all the sulfur that was stored in the plant’s on-site storage facility has now been hauled away completely using barges.

According to report, the facility is now waiting for another shipment of crude before it boosts the gasoline production up to its intended levels.