Our initial assessment of ExxonMobil’s Baytown complex revealed the need for only minor repairs, and we are making good progress on restart activities. Timing on a return to normal operations will depend largely on the availability and condition of transportation infrastructure. We are working with the Port of Houston to expedite vessels through the Houston Ship Channel and we are coordinating with railroads to help facilitate necessary repairs.
Our Beaumont complex has completed a safe and systematic shutdown of its units. Due to the rising level of the Neches River, we are experiencing flooding in the lower part of the refinery. The chemical plant remains unaffected. We have deployed emergency response teams to provide additional environmental protections.
Offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, ExxonMobil is beginning its post-storm assessment process to inspect the Hoover and Galveston 209 platforms. Once we have confirmed that our systems are both safe and operational, we will begin the process of returning to normal operations. Meanwhile, we have confirmed that our systems are safe and operational at the Hadrian South subsea production system, which is currently on-line.
Prior to the storm, ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy shut in onshore production in the direct line of the hurricane. XTO crews have begun to assess the impact of the storm, and are bringing wells on line when it is safe to do so.