Colleagues working together to bring site back up and running in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey
The storm was so intense that bands of rain were coming down sideways. Rain gear did little good in the teeth of Tropical Storm Harvey. Yet there they were, members of Shell Deer park’s emergency response and operations teams, out in the elements doing everything they could to safely shut down and stabilize the plant.
“I looked around at a group of my colleagues and not a single person was dry,” recalls Tom Dickey, a Pressure Equipment Inspector. “But we knew that we just had to keep doing what we were doing. We truly worked together because we are a family.”
That family responded to the extraordinary challenge of this massive storm with the care for community, and commitment to safety, that have long characterized Downstream’s largest assets.
Members of the Shell Deer Park team have also spent countless hours helping neighbors in need. One example comes from Raul Pena with Finance. He’s worked with neighbors in flooded homes, pulling out furniture, and stripping out insulation and sheetrock.
“I’m struck by the willingness of people to help each other out and come together as a community,” he says.
“I continue to be inspired by the employees and contractors at our site,” says Barry Klein, Shell Deer Park GM, “that in the face of personal adversity stemming from Harvey, they are also working diligently and with tremendous teamwork to get our site up and running again.”
The Deer park site was severely flooded in a storm system that dumped trillions of gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana. That flooding necessitated the controlled, planned shutdown of the refinery and chemical plant.
“During a huge storm event, it’s all about safe, stable operations with minimal distraction,” notes Maintenance Supervisor Dale Auterson. “And it’s all hands on deck.”