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Operations and fuel-supply updates in post-storm Texas and Florida

As ExxonMobil continues efforts to recover from the effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, our focus remains the safety of our employees, contractors and the community, as well as providing motor fuels and other products to our customers and the public.
 
Operations at Texas manufacturing sites
 
Restarts continue to proceed at our Texas Gulf Coast manufacturing sites. 
 
The Baytown refinery is progressing restart activities and is operating at reduced rates. Meanwhile, the Baytown Olefins Plant and nearby Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant have resumed normal operations. 
 
We have initiated restart of our Beaumont refinery. The site’s chemical manufacturing operations continue to make progress toward restarting. We have also initiated startup activities at the Beaumont polyethylene plant, while the blending-and-packaging lubricants plant has resumed operations.
 
Fuel supplies in Texas and Florida
 
As the Baytown and Beaumont refineries work to return to normal operations, ExxonMobil is taking steps to bring in gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from other regions to supplement Gulf Coast production and help ensure a reliable supply to our customers. As a consequence, all ExxonMobil product pipelines and ExxonMobil product terminals have been resupplied. Customer resupply conditions in major Texas metropolitan areas are returning to normal.
 
In Florida, all of the terminals and ports ExxonMobil utilizes have safely re-opened after closures caused by Hurricane Irma. ExxonMobil service stations are steadily re-opening, and we continue to monitor and improve regional fuel supply situations.

Preparations for Hurricane Irma

ExxonMobil is closely monitoring weather updates for Hurricane Irma and working to determine how our facilities and shipments may be impacted by the storm. We have been in communication with federal, state and local emergency planning officials about the measures ExxonMobil is taking in advance of Irma’s landfall. 

The safety of our workforce is our first priority. To that end, we have temporarily closed ExxonMobil’s Port Everglades terminal in Ft. Lauderdale and evacuated non-essential personnel. We are also in the process of evacuating all personnel from our Lena platform in the Gulf of Mexico. 

We have taken several steps to ensure our customers in the southeast U.S. are well supplied with gasoline ahead of the storm. These include bringing in additional supplies from outside the impacted region and re-directing our customers to alternative fuel terminals.

We are also continuing to support state trade associations working with state agencies regarding emergency waivers of certain fuel standards to help ensure that adequate supplies of fuel are available.

Further, we have plans in place to ensure that emergency responders and other essential service providers requesting fuel are given priority after the storm passes.

We do not condone unlawful price gouging, and take allegations about the practice very seriously. If you see something you consider price gouging, immediately report it to the proper authorities. 

ExxonMobil says Baytown restart activities continue, pipelines beginning to transport fuels

ExxonMobil said today that facility assessments and restart activities continue at its Baytown refinery, and that it has made significant progress in restarting chemical production, pipelines and other logistical infrastructure in the Houston area. 

Read the news release.

Baytown, Beaumont and offshore activities update

We are making progress on restart activities at ExxonMobil’s Baytown complex, which was spared significant damage from Harvey. 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. ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has made significant progress in restarting lines in the area to help move supplies of gasoline and diesel to customers. 

In Beaumont, ExxonMobil’s refinery remains shut down due to flooding in the lower part of the complex. Chemical manufacturing facilities are dry, and we are initiating startup activities at the polyethylene plant. 

Offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, we have confirmed our systems are safe and operational at our Hadrian South subsea production system, as well as at our Galveston 209 platform, and both facilities are back on line.  We are continuing our post-storm assessment process on the Hoover platform, and will return to normal operations once it is safe to do so. 

Operations update one week after landfall

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.

Working to get Texas sites back up and running

The company continues to assess its Upstream, Downstream and Chemical facilities located along the Texas Gulf Coast.

We are delaying scheduled maintenance at other ExxonMobil refineries so they can continue making gasoline and diesel to relieve the supply situation and also to free up people and equipment to help with the restart of affected Texas facilities. Workers from Joliet, Baton Rouge and Billings are being deployed to Baytown and Beaumont to help restore operations as safely and quickly as possible.

We are beginning initial startup activities at Baytown. There is no estimate at this time when refining operations will resume. The Beaumont facility remains closed.

ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge, La., refining and chemical facilities are operating as normal.

ExxonMobil’s Hoover and Galveston 209 platforms in the Gulf of Mexico remain shut in and crews are in the process of assessing those operations. Systems are safe and operational at the Hadrian South subsea production system in the Gulf, and production startup operations are underway.

ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy previously shut in production that was in the direct line of the storm. Crews have been assessing impacts to those operations and are beginning to resume production.

ExxonMobil is working to limit the disruption of fuel supplies in the region caused by shutdowns of refining and transportation infrastructure due to weather and flooding. Efforts are underway to transport refined products from unaffected regions to communities and customers in the most severely impacted markets. 

The company is working to reestablish normal operations and replenish fuel supplies as safely and quickly as possible. Earlier today the first trucks began loading at our re-opened Houston fuel terminals, which had been closed since Monday. They will stay open 24 hours a day for as long as necessary to help move supplies to customers. They are also setting aside fuel for first responders.

In the meantime, consumers are encouraged to be conservative with fuel use to help preserve supplies for first responders and other critical users.

Houston terminal truck

ExxonMobil increases Harvey relief effort commitment to $9.5 million

On Thursday, ExxonMobil announced it has increased its financial commitment for Harvey relief to up to $9.5 million, which includes a new employee and retiree donation match program and in-kind donations to the American Red Cross for recovery efforts in South Texas. The increased support builds on $1 million in previous contributions to the American Red Cross and United Way of Greater Houston.

Read the news release.

Assessing the impacts on ExxonMobil operations

The company is assessing its Upstream, Downstream and Chemical facilities located along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Impact assessments are underway at ExxonMobil’s Baytown complex, which has safely shut down the majority of its operations. There have been no reports of oil or gasoline leakage from the complex. The nearby Mont Belvieu plastics plant is also shut down.

The company’s Beaumont refinery and chemical plants have completed safe and systematic shut down of their operations.

ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge, La., refining and chemical facilities are operating as normal.

The company is actively monitoring emissions as a result of the storm and remains in close contact with neighboring communities regarding safety and environmental issues.

ExxonMobil’s Hoover and Galveston 209 platforms in the Gulf of Mexico remain shut in, and crews are in the process of assessing those operations. Systems are safe and operational at the Hadrian South subsea production system in the Gulf, and production startup operations are underway.

ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy previously shut in production that was in the direct line of the storm. Crews have been assessing impacts to those operations and are beginning to resume production.

ExxonMobil is working to limit the disruption of fuel supplies in the region caused by shutdowns of refining and transportation infrastructure due to weather and flooding. Efforts are underway to transport refined products from unaffected regions to communities and customers in the most severely impacted markets. The company is working to reestablish normal operations and replenish fuel supplies as safely and quickly as possible. In the meantime, consumers are encouraged to be conservative with fuel use to help preserve supplies for first responders and other critical users.

Update on affected operations

ExxonMobil’s primary focus continues to be the well-being of our employees, contractors and the communities in the affected areas. We are communicating with our employees and their families to ensure they remain safe.

Extreme weather and flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey have led to operational issues at our Texas facilities. The majority of operations at our Baytown complex remain shut down. Our Beaumont refinery is in the process of a safe and systematic shutdown of the majority of its units, while Beaumont’s chemical plant and polyethylene plant have completed shutdown of their operations.

ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge facilities are operating as normal. We will continue to monitor the storm closely as it moves over Louisiana.

Offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, our Hoover and Galveston 209 platforms remain shut in. Production start-up continues at our Hadrian South subsea production system, which was taken offline last week in advance of the storm.

Operations affected by Harvey 

ExxonMobil’s primary focus continues to be the safety of our employees, contractors and the communities in the affected areas. We are communicating with our employees and their families to ensure they remain safe.

Extreme weather and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Harvey have led to operational issues at our Texas facilities. Our Baytown complex has completed the safe shutdown of the majority of its operations. Our Beaumont refinery continues to operate at reduced rates, and has safely shut down some units as a result of adverse weather. ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge facilities are operating as normal. 

We have confirmed our systems are safe and operational at the Hadrian South subsea production system in the Gulf of Mexico, and production start-up operations are underway. The Hoover and Galveston 209 platforms remain shut in.

We will continue to monitor the weather and make adjustments as needed.

ExxonMobil increases Hurricane Harvey relief support to $1 million

On Tuesday, ExxonMobil announced it has increased to $1 million its support for relief and recovery efforts in Houston and other Gulf Coast communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Read the news release.

Operations affected by Harvey

ExxonMobil’s primary focus continues to be the safety of our employees, contractors and the communities in the affected areas. We are communicating with our employees and their families to ensure they remain safe.

Extreme weather and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Harvey has led to operational issues at our Texas facilities. Our Baytown complex has completed the safe shutdown of the majority of its operations, while our Beaumont refinery has reduced rates. 

ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge facilities are operating as normal.

Safe, systematic shutdown of ExxonMobil Baytown Complex

Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey has led to operational issues at the ExxonMobil Baytown Complex. We are in the process of a safe and systematic shutdown of operations. Safety is our first priority, and we are taking all precautions to minimize the impact to the community and employees throughout the shutdown process.

All other ExxonMobil Gulf Coast facilities currently are operating as normal.

Monitoring weather updates and adjusting operations as needed

ExxonMobil continues to monitor the significant weather event along the U.S. Gulf Coast and its implications for ExxonMobil offshore and coastal operations. All personnel have been evacuated from offshore facilities affected by the storm. The Hoover and Galveston 209 platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are shut in, as is the Hadrian South subsea production system. Onshore, XTO has shut in all production in the direct line of the hurricane, and personnel have been evacuated. 

ExxonMobil Gulf Coast refineries are operating as normal. Due to the closure of the Houston Ship Channel, the Baytown refinery is adjusting rates accordingly. We continue to work with the Port of Houston to facilitate safe delivery of crude shipments when channel conditions allow. All contractual commitments are being met. 

We are monitoring weather updates and will adjust operations as needed. We are working with our independent distributors and wholesale fuels customers to help meet customer demand for fuel.

Our goal is to provide our customers with continued access to gasoline and diesel fuel so they in can turn supply their stations and customers. Provisions have been made to ensure emergency responders and other essential service providers requesting fuel are given priority.

ExxonMobil allocates $500,000 for Gulf Coast relief efforts

On Friday, ExxonMobil announced it is allocating $500,000 for contributions to regional Red Cross organizations to assist with relief efforts in communities expected to be impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Read the news release. 

Preparation for severe weather

ExxonMobil is closely monitoring Hurricane Harvey, and continues preparation for severe weather at its offshore and coastal operations in the Gulf of Mexico. All personnel have been evacuated from offshore facilities expected to be in the path of the storm. The Hoover and Galveston 209 platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are shut in, as is the Hadrian South subsea production system. ExxonMobil Gulf Coast refineries are currently operating as normal. 

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