Shell Deer Park Update & Community Meetings
Oct 05, 2021
A letter to our community.
Shell Deer Park Friends & Neighbors,
As you know, earlier this year Shell announced its plan to sell its interest in the Deer Park refinery to Pemex, our joint venture partner, pending regulatory approvals. Shell will continue to own and operate the chemicals plant.
Over the past few months, our team has been working several workstreams to ensure a safe and responsible handover of the refinery with respect for our employees and the Deer Park community. I wanted to provide a brief update on where we are today.
Facility naming and leadership
Following the completion of the sale which is expected to occur in Q4 of this year, Guy Hackwell will continue in the role of General Manager (GM) for the refinery.
The Chemicals plant will retain the Shell Deer Park name and be called Shell Deer Park Chemicals. Nathan (Nate) Levin will be GM of the facility. Nate is currently GM Operations Americas and is the Chemicals implementation lead for the Deer Park Refinery Divestment. Nate has worked for Shell for 19 years holding various roles in our manufacturing facilities in Norco (LA) and Puget Sound (WA), and in our Chemicals business.
As a reminder, until the completion of the sale, Guy remains the GM of the Shell Deer Park refinery and chemicals site.
A number of folks have asked us which part of the facility is the refinery versus which part is the chemicals plant. At a high level, looking at our facility from Center St, you’re looking at the Chemicals plant in the front along Hwy 225. The refinery is located behind it, running along the Ship Channel, and to the west alongside the BWY8 bridge. As for the main 6-story administration building, both Shell and Pemex employees will be housed in the building on dedicated floors.
Employees and Contract Partners
Another question we’ve heard from our community relates to our employees and contractors. Pemex has been our joint venture partner at the facility for almost 30 years and as such they are already familiar with the facility, its personnel, the focus on safe and stable operations and of course, the importance of our local community and businesses.
I would like to be clear that there are no job losses expected as a result of this sale as the current experienced workforce at the refinery will be offered employment by Pemex. On the contracting front, our Contracts and Procurement team has been diligently working with the many vendors, suppliers and companies at our site to ensure that both the refinery and chemicals facilities are properly equipped with the skilled contract workforce and vendors needed to ensure the safe and stable operations of the site.
Our top priority is to ensure a safe and responsible transition and handover of operations for the refinery, with respect for our employees and the Deer Park community. We know that this transition can also lead to questions in the community so we’ll be hosting a number of information sessions during regularly scheduled community events and look forward to seeing you there and answering any questions you might have. We look forward to seeing you at the following events:
- Deer Park Rotary – October 6
- City of Deer Park Council – Oct 19
- Deer Park Community Advisory Committee – Oct 25
- Deer Park Local Emergency Planning Committee – Oct 26
- Deer Park Chamber of Commerce Member Breakfast – Nov 3
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