Harvey forces US chemical-plant shutdowns

Detroit, Michigan – Petrochemicals units along the Texas coast shut down in advance of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall around 10 p.m. Aug. 25 in Rockport, according to the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration.

Plants in the direct line of the storm produce almost 20 percent of total U.S. capacity for plastic feedstock ethylene, according to the PetroChem Wire consulting firm. Any prolonged outages at those units could affect North American markets for polyethylene, PVC and related materials.

Dow Chemical Co. begun shutting…

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