Onshore Preparation for Shell Gulf Coast Refineries and Chemical Plants.
Because refining of crude oil into gasoline and other oil products is critical to meeting our nation’s daily energy needs, disruptions in these operations can have an immediate impact on the nation’s gasoline supply and petrochemicals.
To ensure the flow of supplies from Shell facilities, our plants prepare and follow detailed hurricane planning and operations procedures that are reviewed and tested prior to each hurricane season.
In Advance of a Storm
When storm season begins, plant management teams monitor storms, and if necessary, implement procedures to secure facilities following specific timelines that are based on the direction and magnitude of the storm. After a storm passes, plant managers implement post-hurricane activities.
In advance of a storm, all critical plant functions are considered, including computing services, communications, utilities, and health, safety, and environment. Shell also assess the potential impact on deliveries of crude oil and petrochemical feedstocks, outgoing distribution of products, and onsite inventories.
The severity and proximity of a hurricane or major storm to the facility will determine actions taken, including orderly shutdowns of facilities and the evacuation of personnel.
Focus on Preparation
Shell's top priority is to protect people, assets, nearby communities and the environment. If conditions lead to an evacuation, Shell is prepared to carry out plans in a safe and orderly way. Shell works with the media and other communication channels to notify employees not to report to work when conditions may be unsafe.
Shell has a workforce on duty at all times that can operate and maintain a facility safely, or if need be, shut down the units in a safe and controlled manner. The team that stays behind during a storm to maintain legal control of the site has a mix of expertise deemed essential for the situation. This often includes personnel who work on logistics, security, site supervision, and an EMT. This team is then responsible for communicating with Shell’s Emergency Operations Center.