Hurricane Sally - Shell Manufacturing Gulf Coast #1
September 14, 2020 05:00 PM CST
Shell Manufacturing Gulf Coast
(ISSUED at 5:00 PM CST) Shell manufacturing facilities along the Louisiana and Alabama coasts are closely monitoring Hurricane Sally and are prepared to take action as appropriate based on our established hurricane readiness and response plans. These manufacturing facilities are located in Convent, Geismar and Norco, Louisiana; and Mobile, Alabama.
The Shell Mobile Refinery within the projected landfall cone of Hurricane Sally is also taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety of employees and manufacturing processes and is currently operating at normal rates.
The Shell Mobile Refinery activated its 24-hour emergency operations center for hurricane readiness and response activities. Health and safety, operations, environmental and other specialists are on duty to ensure that steps are taken to minimize any impact from high wind, rain and storm surge from the Mobile River and Chickasaw Creek.
We are following a multi-phase plan that identifies people and equipment that need attention. The plan is premised on the projected path and severity of the storm and can be adjusted to fit changing weather conditions.
Before each hurricane season, Shell sites on the Gulf Coast review and test this plan based on various hurricane scenarios. Our facilities regularly confer with local emergency operations centers to share information on preparedness and response tasks, and we work closely with city officials whenever severe weather could affect local residents.
Our hurricane plan includes a number of checkpoints, such as computing services, flooding, communications, operations, utilities, health and safety, environment, unit shutdowns and staffing requirements. We also assess the potential impact on incoming receipts of crude oil and petrochemical feedstocks, outgoing distribution of products and onsite inventories. The severity and proximity of a hurricane or major storm to our facility will determine actions taken.
Protection of our people and assets, the community and environment are our top priorities. If conditions lead to an evacuation, we will be prepared to carry it out in a safe and orderly manner. We will use the media and other means of communication to notify employees not to report to work if conditions could be unsafe.
To find out more about our hurricane preparedness, please visit the Shell Hurricane Center: www.shell.us/stormcenter.