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It’s exactly that kind of growth that’s triggering changes in supporting industries. CenterPoint Energy is one such business that finds itself in the process of managing changes in order to capably handle the changing and growing needs of its customers. And when it comes to growth, CenterPoint is looking at the same area BASF looked at 60 years ago: Freeport. “Freeport has our attention big time at this point,” John Kellum, CenterPoint’s division vice president of high voltage power delivery, told writer Erinn Callahan. There’s action behind the words as CenterPoint has been working on upgrading transmission lines and building substations in the area to handle larger electric loads needed by Freeport LNG as that company undergoes changes to become an export facility. Then there’s DowDuPont, which is undergoing one of the largest changes in its 121-year history. The Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont merger was a means to an end. The merger will end in 2019 as the company spins off into three separate entities, each with a greater focus on the assets they take over. As you’ll see in this issue of Gulf Coast Giants, our Texas coast industries are hard at work managing the business of change.

f there is one constant in life, it’s change. Times change. Leadership changes. Industries change. And if we’re fortunate, much of that change will result in beneficial and well-managed growth. BASF knows all about change. The European chemical company came to Freeport from Germany 60 years ago and partnered with Dow Chemical Co. to create Dow Badische Chemical Co. The partnership ended 20 years later when BASF bought out Dow’s part. In the time since it’s arrival, BASF has built more plants, has expanded its product line, and has given back to the community with grants and programs to help ensure all boats rise with the tide of its prosperity. As the Freeport site has grown, so too have BASF’s manpower needs. The change that BASF has undergone has helped it become a global leader in the industry.

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Last year’s merger between rivals Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont will end in 2019 with a three-company spin-off that will mean changes in leadership and assets.

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BASF celebrates 60 years of growth

From the humble beginnings of a partnership with Dow Chemical Co., BASF has grown to become a global industrial player. The company’s Freeport site is now among the world’s largest superabsorbent polymer plants and nylon facilities.

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Chris Witte is BASF vice president and general manager of the company’s Freeport Site. He’s pictured by the company sign, which reads “Celebrating 60 Years.” See the story on page 26.

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Tangible signs of industrial progress are hard to miss in Brazoria County. Construction often stacks highway traffic in areas once rarely trod and towers dot Quintana’s skyline as Freeport LNG employees make themselves at home on the island. That progress brings a less visible problem: providing utilities to these facilities, most of which require enough electricity to power 200 homes. GCGIANTS@THEFACTS.COM

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enterPoint Energy officials say they are more than up to the challenge of providing for continued industrial growth, even as the electric service provider adds nearly 50,000 customers each year. “We’ve got a great problem in utilities in terms of having to deal with the growth,” said John Kellum, CenterPoint’s division vice president of high voltage power delivery. “Not many utilities are experiencing the growth that we are.”

Eyes on Freeport While that growth is system-wide, one Brazoria County community in particular has been on CenterPoint’s radar for the last few years, Kellum said in 2017. “Freeport has our attention big time at this point,” he said. “The price of natural gas is low and it’s stayed low. That’s a feed stock for the industrials that are located here.” Two years ago, CenterPoint finished the Freeport Area Upgrade Project it started in 2012, before which most transmission lines in the city carried just 69,000 volts — the lowest voltage possible, Kellum said. CenterPoint crews increased that to 138,000 volts, replacing old wood structures with concrete and steel poles, the vice president said. Two years after that project kicked off, CenterPoint received a request from Freeport LNG. The company, which operates a liquefied natural gas receiving and

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JONES CREEK SUBSTATION CenterPoint Energy has worked on the Jones Creek Substation to handle the area’s increasing power loads.

regastification terminal, originally built its Quintana terminal to receive liquefied natural gas by ship from overseas. However, the drop in price of domestic natural gas made importing the fuel less necessary, prompting the company to retool as an export facility beginning in 2014. “Once it’s fully online, their load is estimated at 700 megawatts. One megawatt equals 200 homes, so if you do the math on that, it’s tremendous,” Kellum said. “We had to start designing how we were going to meet that demand.” That prompted construction on the Jones Creek Substation Project at the intersection of Highway 288 and Highway 36, which wrapped up last April. The substation knocks the 345,000 volts of electricity from main transmission lines to 138,000 volts for distribution to customer substations Freeport LNG is building to share power to its own plants, Kellum said. CenterPoint also this year

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should wrap up an endeavor to upgrade what Kellum calls the Quintana loop, which extends from the Freeport substation to FM 1495. “We’ve got a transmission line that goes to Quintana and down Quintana Island,” he said. “We’re upgrading that and will increase the size of the conductors so we can transport more capacity to Freeport LNG.”

Future plans All that progress is great, Kellum said, however, industry isn’t exactly standing still in Freeport. “Again, the feed stock being natural gas, a lot of the petrochemical plants are expanding,” he said. “We’ve got a committed load coming in online by 2019 in the neighborhood of 1,300 megawatts, which is almost twice what Freeport LNG is going to put on the system.” This prompted the company to propose a $250 million project that will build a 345,000-volt transmission line extending about 40 miles northwest from the Jones Creek Substation to the Bailey Substation

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Although little has changed in Dow’s day-to-day operations since merging with rival DuPont, the company is undergoing perhaps the largest change in 121 years. In a February speech to the Brazosport Area Chamber of Commerce, Dow Vice President of U.S. Gulf Coast Operations and Texas Operations Site Director Rich Wells previewed plans for the future of DowDuPont: In 2019, the megacorporation will split into three companies with impacts to its operations in Texas and Michigan. Wells has a unique vantage of Dow operations and its upcoming reorganization of assets, having seen both the Michigan and Texas sides of the company. He returned last year to Freeport after working for Dow abroad and in Midland, Michigan, to succeed Earl Shipp in the vice president and site director role. The move coincided with the chemical manufacturer’s union with DuPont. Wells’ career with Dow began in Freeport when he was hired as a plant engineer in 1982. He worked in the Houston area on and off during the next two decades. In 2004, he transferred to Dow’s home site in Midland and rose to become the site director for Michigan Operations there in 2011. He held that position until last year, when he was hired to take over

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Texas Operations. During his February speech in Clute, Wells said the planned split will leave Midland without any Dow-operated plants. Midland and other Dow sites “are being significantly impacted by the DowDuPont change,” he said, and as a result Texas Operations “are going to get even bigger.” Dow spokeswoman Gabriella Cone qualified Wells’ statement, saying Dow will continue to be headquartered in Midland, will continue to own the Michigan Operations manufacturing site and will retain silicones plants added

LIVERIS TRANSITIONS OUT OF DOWDUPONT LEADERSHIP ROLE Andrew Liveris has stepped down from his executive chairman role with DowDuPont. Liveris officially stepped down April 1. He is succeeded by DowDuPont’s co-lead independent director Jeff Fettig, who will serve as a non-employee executive chairman of the board. The multinational chemical corporation announced the move March 12. Liveris has said he will retire July 1 and, according to DowDuPont, will continue to serve as a director of the company as the Material Science Division progresses on its succession process. “Over the last 14 years, we have transformed Dow from a cyclical chemicals manufacturing company into one powered by science, driven by innovation and delivering solutions to the world. We have aggressively invested in R&D and radically transformed our portfolio of businesses while proudly maintaining our commitment to our heritage and values,” Liveris said. “With that transformation complete and Dow entering into its next phase of growth, now is the right time for me to effect my previously announced plan to transition and then to retire.” “On behalf of the board, we want to thank Andrew for his outstanding leadership and vision. Dow has achieved record operating results and shareholder value under Andrew’s leadership, which continues as part of the DowDuPont merger,” Fettig said. “Andrew is truly a global CEO in every sense of the term, and his leadership not only at Dow, but across the entire business community, will be felt for decades.” SPRING 2018


Dow in East End, Midland, Michigan After DowDuPont splits into three companies in 2019, it will continue to be headquartered in Midland, will continue to own the Michigan Operations manufacturing site and will retain silicones plants added as part of the 2016 DowCorning acquisition. But many Michigan Operations plants will be operated by one of the two spinoff companies.

to Michigan Operations in 2016 as part of the DowCorning acquisition. But many of the Michigan Operations plants will be operated by either the agriculture or specialty products spinoffs of DowDuPont, Wells said. DowDuPont announced details regarding those spinoffs in late February. The agriculture division will become Corteva Agriscience, and the new company will offer products formerly produced by Dow and DuPont’s agriculture branches, such as Brevant Seeds, Mycogen, Pioneer, Aproach Prima herbicide and Prima fungicide. Corteva Agriscience, according to a DowDuPont press release, will be headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, and will control operations that in 2017 brought in $14 billion in revenue. The specialty products company, on the other hand, will be called DuPont. Fittingly, it also will be headquartered in Wilmington, which has been DuPont’s home since its founding in 1802. GCGIANTS@THEFACTS.COM

The future of DowDuPont DowDuPont Inc. formed after the merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont on Aug. 31, 2017. It is the world’s largest chemical company in terms of sales. In 2019, the company will be split into three publicly-traded companies that will focus on the following: agriculture, materials science and specialty products.

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While those two spinoffs seem to shift much of what was Dow toward DuPont, the largest chunk, in terms of revenue, of the merged company will have a red diamond on it in 2019. The Material Science Division of DowDuPont is expected to be the first business to separate from the parent company in March 2019, according to a company press release. The revenue of that division was $44 billion in 2017. All operations under the umbrella of material sciences, including production related to packaging, personal care and infrastructure, will be controlled by a new Dow Chemical Co. in 2019. This might seem to be a win for Texas Operations, which,

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with the exception of one agricultural products plant, will continue to be owned and operated by Dow. But the company also is looking to become more efficient in the spinoff process, and that will entail “some level of job losses,” Wells said. Job cuts are one thing Texas Operations could have in common with its counterpart to the north in the coming months. DowDuPont announced in November it would be cutting jobs as part of a plan to eliminate $3 billion in annual costs. The company increased that savings target to $3.3 billion in February. So far, no large job losses have been announced in Texas or Michigan. But employment at Dow gained widespread attention in recent weeks when DowDuPont announced in March that Andrew Liveris would no longer be its CEO and that Jim Fitterling would become the new CEO of Dow when it spins off. Fitterling, a 56-year-old who joined Dow in 1984, is the chief operating officer of DowDuPont’s Material Science Division. Altogether, the changes underway for Texas Operations will be “very small,” Wells said. Texas Operations and other U.S. Gulf Coast Dow sites continue to grow jobs and continue with $12 billion investments in the region, Cone said. Six billion dollars have been invested over the past five years — $2 billion have gone to modernization and capacity expansions in the U.S. Gulf Coast and $4 billion in new projects are expected to be invested over the next five years, she said. As Wells’ speech to the chamber made clear, however, the name changes from “Dow” to “DowDupont” to “Dow” are more than just semantics. The success of three sibling companies as a result of the merger will determine the chemical company’s legacy and future.

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FLUOR ALTERS FREEPORT SKYLINE The skyline of Freeport had a new look April 2 as Fluor iron workers, riggers and operators completed the installation of two major structures at Dow’s new polymers manufacturing unit. Fluor is currently performing mechanical construction on the unit. Over a two-week period, the Dow and Fluor team safely erected a 280-foottall structure and a 300-foot-tall structure that make up portions of the facility. The two structures total almost 5,000 tons of steel — the equivalent of 3,000 average-sized cars. “The success of the lifts and the project is due to the team mentality of everyone on the project,” said Rocky Plemons, vice president of construction and site director for Fluor. “This team is the best at finding solutions to a challenge and being accountable. It truly is our people who make the difference.” The two structures were initially assembled into 12 different components at the

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INDUSTRY NEXT GENERATION Representatives of Yara and the BASF Executive Leadership Teams take part in the ceremonial groundbreaking July 27, 2015, at BASF in Freeport, marking the start of construction for a new plant that will manufacture ammonia used in the production of polycaprolactam. File photo

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BASF THROUGH THE YEARS

On June 24, 2008, contingent from BASF joined Brazosport College officials for a groundbreaking ceremony for the BASF Center for Process Technology, a facility that provides training for future petrochemical plant employees. In celebration of 50 years at its Freeport site, BASF donated $1 million towards construction of the process technology center. Pictured are Art Colwell, Millicent Valek, Sharon Rogers and Serena Andrews.

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Increasing line pipe costs by 25 percent, for example, would add $76 million to a typical pipeline project, according to the Association of Oil Pipe Lines. Bigger pipeline projects could cost as much as $300 million more. If we are to continue to meet our energy demands, we need more pipelines and public policies that make it economical to build them. Expanding energy infrastructure is the best way to increase energy reliability and security and to protect our fuel supply in the event of a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey. Beyond price, the decision to tax imported steel does not seem to consider the issue of availability. Oil and natural gas operators in Texas and across the nation use specialty steel that is not widely available from U.S. steel mills. Only a handful of domestic mills manufacture pipe that is the size and thickness needed for many U.S. pipeline projects. While tariffs present an obstacle to growth, current negotiations related to the North American Trade Agreement present a tremendous opportunity. As the nation’s top producer of oil and natural gas and the largest border state with Mexico, we have a lot at stake as we work to provide energy resources to our neighbors. NAFTA has served as the essential framework that has allowed all sectors of the Texas oil and natural gas industry to grow and prosper. As part of the negotiation process, we are hopeful that NAFTA will be made permanent and that provisions are included to keep Mexico’s energy market open to the U.S. It is also

merican energy dominance isn’t just a catchy slogan. It is here and has distinctly been made possible by Texans. Texas leads the nation in oil and natural gas production, pipeline miles and refining capacity, all of which bolster our nation’s energy security. America’s position as a global energy leader — and Texas’ contribution to maintaining that position — are directly impacted by federal policies like trade agreements and tariffs. Federal initiatives like tax reform and a renewed commitment to science-based regulations encourage expanded oil and natural gas investments and create good jobs for Texans. However, a recent decision to impose federal tariffs on imported steel and aluminum is a step in the wrong direction as we work to cement our energy security and economic growth. Tariffs on imported steel and aluminum will increase costs and threaten jobs across the entire oil and natural gas sector.

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VIEWPOINT in America. imperative to maintain the current strong provisions that When the U.S. crossed the threshold of producing enforce fair trade practices that keep our industry com10 million barrels of crude oil a day, 40 percent of that petitive. As American oil and natural gas operators make production came from Texas. America’s crude oil imports massive investments to get products to market, certainty, are down 20 percent from 2006 and fairness and permanence will encourage in January, our crude oil exports were even more investment and job growth that will benefit both of our nations. While tariffs present an more than double the average from the year. The U.S. became a net Tariffs and trade agreements matter obstacle to growth, current previous exporter of natural gas in 2017 and those in Texas because when our state’s oil and negotiations related to exports are expected to increase more natural gas industry does well, all Texans do well. As the industry’s remarkable the North American Trade than 10-fold in 2019 — thanks in part to the seven LNG facilities planned or under recovery continued, oil and natural gas Agreement present a construction in Texas. Meanwhile, soarcompanies paid more than $11 billion in state and local states and state royaltremendous opportunity. ing production is driving massive investment in pipelines, refining capacity, and ties in fiscal year 2017 — a $1.6 billion petrochemical manufacturing along the increase from the previous year. Those Texas Gulf Coast. funds directly support our schools, roads These energy outcomes were unthinkable a decade ago and first responders. and they are a direct result of Texans’ strong workforce, The benefits of a healthy Texas oil and natural gas dedication to innovation, and consistent regulations and industry extend beyond local treasuries. Texas’ surging policies. We have to work to preserve this progress and we oil and natural gas production, growing pipeline infraneed smart public policy — at all levels of government — structure, and expanding export and refining capacity to encourage continued energy prosperity for America. were central to several recent energy-related milestones

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ort Freeport Director of Operations Al Durel and Brazos Pilots Association President Capt. Billy Burns were honored in February by the U.S. Coast Guard for their service during the events of Hurricane Harvey. Rear Adm. Paul Thomas presented the award to the Greater Houston-Galveston Port Coordination Team at the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee meeting Feb. 2. “The resiliency of operations in Port Freeport after this disastrous event is a result of their leadership, cooperation and commitment to maintaining safe and secure waterways,” said Phyllis Saathoff, Port Freeport executive director/ CEO. “This is a great honor for Mr. Durel and Capt. Burns, the Port Coordination Team and the Port community.” Durel and Burns also were recognized for their service at the Feb. 8 Port Freeport Commission meeting. “The dedication by both Mr. Durel and Capt. Burns to the Port Coordination Team during the preparation for and response to Hurricane Harvey was instrumental in the timely reopening of the Freeport Harbor Channel,” said Paul Kresta, Port Freeport Commission chairman. The Port Coordination Team is an essential group of area port representatives who work together

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Port Freeport Chairman Paul Kresta presents Al Durel and Capt. Billy Burns with public service commendation.

to keep communication flowing throughout the maritime and industry communities. The team works closely with the U.S. Coast Guard during heavy weather and emergency events to relay critical information both to and from maritime community and industry partners. Burns has served the Brazos Pilots for 20 years. He began working with the Port Coordination Team upon its establishment in the early 2000s. Durel graduated from the University of New Orleans and has held various positions throughout his career, including ship superintendent, vessel agency, terminal operator, terminal manager and port captain. Durel joined Port Freeport as director of operations in 1999

and serves on numerous committees including the PCT — Port Coordination Team, BMAT — Brazosport Marine Action Team and Lone Star SAATHOFF Harbor Safety Committee. Port Freeport is ranked 10th in chemicals and 26th in containers. The Channel serves Dow Chemical, Phillips 66, BASF, Tenaris, Vulcan Material, Mammoet, Freeport Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG), Riviana, Dole, Chiquita, Seaway, Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) and Hoegh Autoliners. SPRING 2018


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Tenaris announces fifth scholarship winner Palacios High School senior Salvador Carrillo was named 2018 Tenaris Student of the Year at the 95th annual Bay City Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture Banquet in January. Salvador received a college scholarship in the amount of $60,000. In addition to the main scholarship, Tenaris also recognized all candidates for being outstanding examples of students in the community. Each finalist received $500 to help pay for textbooks in their first year.

Chevron Phillips Chemical sponsors 2018 Women in Industry Conference trip On Feb. 22, 15 Sweeny ISD juniors and seniors from attended the 2018 Women in Industry Conference at Moody Gardens in Galveston. Participants heard from women who work in the petrochemical and industrial trades industries and had the opportunity to talk with college representatives about enrollment, financial aid and other training-related issues. Several major petrochemical employers were also present for the third annual conference. CPChem also sponsored 20 Columbia-Brazoria ISD female students to attend. The company has a women’s strategy to focus on recruiting more women to the historically male-dominated industry. It also has a diverse culture that thrives on its ICARE principles. ICARE stands for inclusion, cooperation, accountability, respect, everyday.

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Clark Industrial Services welcomes new president Kenny LeBouef has been hired to serve as president of Deer Park-based Clark Industrial Services. He brings 30-plus years experience, including time at The Dow Chemical Co. LeBouef began his duties Jan. 8.

Caballero named Human Resources VP at CPChem Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. named Maricela Caballero to succeed Vice President of Human Resources Greg Wagner upon his retirement May 16. Caballero as 30 years of service with CPChem and Chevron Corp.

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Petrochemical industry leaders, politicians lend support for system of levees and barriers to protect the coast STORY BY MADDY McCARTY

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wo years before Hurricane Harvey would threaten the southeast Texas coast along the Gulf of Mexico, Texas A&M University-Galveston published a study with the recommendation to build a system of levees and barriers to protect Houston, Galveston, and other coastal areas from flooding and storm surge events. The combined system, called a “coastal spine,” could protect more than just the immediate cities. Industries in the Houston area provide 30 percent of the nation’s automobile fuel and 60 percent of the nation’s aviation fuel, state Sen. Larry Taylor said. In the four to five days the channel closed in August 2017 during Harvey, gas prices immediately shot up along the East Coast. That’s proof that protecting the area is a national issue, Taylor said. Backed by fuel price and other data indicating the need for a coastal spine, industry leaders and politicians felt justified during a March 5 gathering in Pasadena in calling for the start of the $14 billion project. If $14 billion sounds pricey, consider the alternative: Harvey is tied with Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone in history, with each racking up $125 billion damage. The idea for the coastal spine developed after Hurricane Ike tore into Texas in

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HURRICANE IKE This photo-like image from NASA of the Texas and Louisiana coast shows the impact of Hurricane Ike’s powerful storm surge on coastal wetlands. Hurricane Ike came ashore over southeast Texas on Sept. 13, 2008, bringing with it a wall of water that stretched from Galveston east across all of coastal Louisiana.

2008, thus the project’s nickname became the “Ike Dike.” Economic issues and the nation’s financial crisis overshadowed any discussion of coastal protection then, Taylor said. But times have changed. The local and national economies are now booming. Couple the prospect of available funding with the call for action still ringing in the air in Harvey’s wake, and now might be the best time to move the project forward, the senator said. The coastal spine, as proposed, should extend from Freeport, the home of Dow Chemical Co.’s largest manufacturing site, to Beaumont, home to Exxon Mobil Corp.’s chemical plants and refineries, Taylor said. Included in the project is a $330 million storm surge barrier at San Luis Pass in Freeport. According to the study, San Luis Pass is about 3,300 feet long with an opening of 22,000 to 33,000 feet. “Enormous scour can be expected if you leave this gap open during a hurricane,” the study states. Taylor said a down payment has been made on the coastal spine and the project is progressing. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz agreed during

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the March 5 gathering in Pasadena, telling attendees “the ball is rolling forward,” according to media reports. And TAYLOR indeed it might be. In February, Congress provided $15 billion to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood-mitigation projects nationwide. The Federal Emergency Management Agency then targeted Harvey-impacted areas, stating $1 billion would be made available. Hector L. Rivero, president of the Texas Chemical Council, said local officials are seeking $8 billion in grant funding from FEMA for the project and $35 million from local resources for annual maintenance, according

FACTS ABOUT HURRICANE IKE Formed

Sept. 1, 2008

Dissipated

Sept. 15, 2008 (Extratropical after Sept. 13)

Highest winds

1-minute sustained: 145 mph

Fatalities 214 total

Damage

$38 billion (2008 USD) (Sixth-costliest hurricane in United States history; costliest in Cuban history)

Areas affected

Turks and Caicos Bahamas Hispaniola Cuba Cayman Islands Southeast Texas South Central United States Great Lakes region Canada SOURCE: Wikipedia

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PROTECTION to Insurance Journal. A FEMA official said the agency is not yet involved with coastal spine funding. LyondellBasell Industries NV CEO Bob Patel has been an outspoken advocate for the construction of the coastal spine, calling it one of the most important investments needed to mitigate damage from major storms.

a September 2015 study on Sabine Pass published by the Galveston District Army Corps of Engineers for Galveston Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management, Saathoff said. Like the call for the coastal spine, the Sabine Pass study came about after storm surge from Ike impacted it and Sabine Lake. The study states that while a seawall protected Port Arthur, the 14-foot storm surge brought BRAZORIA COUNTY INDUSTRIES devastation to the remaining half of Jefferson County, f built as proposed, the coastal spine would exhighlighting the need for flood mitigation knowledge. tend to the San Luis Pass in Freeport but not to Six objectives involving the reduction of risk to human the portion of the city where Dow Chemical Co.’s life and native ecosystems were developed in the Sabine operations are located. That’s because San Luis Pass Pass study. Two of them include reducing “economic is about 14 miles northeast along the coast from impacts of petrochemical supply related interruption for Dow’s Plant A, which also sits about 4 miles inland. the Sabine and Brazoria regions” and reducing risk to The Freeport Ship Channel backs up to Dow’s plants, critical infrastructure “e.g., medical centers ship chanas waterways also do with BASF Corp.’s terminal, Freenels, schools” for the same areas. port LNG, Phillips 66 and many other Brazoria County The study’s suggestions for Freeport and surroundbusinesses. ing areas include a 1-foot raise of four different leRather than implement a new system such as the vees, the Freeport Dock Floodwall and the Tide Gate spine, the Velasco Drainage District is focused on I-Wall. A 1-foot levee raise is in Port Freeport’s plans, improving the levees and systems that are already Saathoff said. The raising and general improvement functioning. of 44 miles of levee is something that will happen over “The levee system that’s currently in place was more time, Velasco Drainage District Chairman George Kidthan sufficient to handle the storm surge from Ike,” Port well said. Freeport CEO Phyllis Saathoff Studies help with advising for flood mitisaid. IKE DIKE gation, Kidwell said, but the drainage district Working together, the Port and A proposed system of levees and barriers always has to sit down and decide what is finanhas the backing of Houston officials and Velasco Drainage District based cially feasible and necessary. coastal industry leaders. The estimated their flood-mitigation needs off Coastal industries are aware of their locacost of the project is $14 billion. tions and the hazards of those locations, hence BASF’s interest in a coastal spine or any system that will protect against threats such as hurricanes and storm surge. The cost is like any other investment, BASF Freeport Senior Vice President Chris Witte said. Although the company will support the protection system offering the best value, BASF built its facilities with the risks in mind, Witte said. BASF’s buildings are “hurricane proof” and the company has systems to “back up the back-up systems,” the vice president said. BASF’s first priority is to protect its people and the community, Witte said, then see to it that its assets sustain as little damage as possible. Todd Wiseman/The Texas Tribune

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Praxair receives 2018 Silver Class distinction Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX), a recognized global leader in sustainable development, was awarded a Silver Class distinction in RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook 2018. Praxair was one of nine companies recognized with distinction in the chemical sector, and was the only U.S. company and industrial gases company to be recognized among all of RobecoSAM’s classes. Praxair has received a distinction each year since the yearbook was first published in 2004. “It is important for corporations to step up and help address global challenges through their business practices and we are proud that

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Tenaris presents offshore solutions at forum Tenaris participated at the 18th annual Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition, the world’s largest subsea event, March 13 through 15 at Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center in Galveston. Tenaris presented its integrated solutions for the line pipe industry, as well as its track record and experience in supplying offshore line pipe for the world’s most complex projects, with a focus on research and development to design new and updated solutions.

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IN THE NEWS Mammoet’s PTC reaches recordbreaking heights Mammoet has successfully completed the heavy lifting activities at Lotte Chemical’s Mono-Ethylene Glycol (MEG) project in Louisiana, USA. Following its expected opening in 2019, the MEG plant will be the largest facility of its kind, with a capacity to produce 700,000 tons of ethylene glycol per year. Mammoet was awarded the heavy lift portion of the project which included 62 scheduled lifts. Mammoet utilized its largest crane, the PTC 200 DS, which extended its reach to record breaking heights to increase the efficiency of lifting activities and complete the scope two weeks ahead of schedule. The lifts executed by Mammoet ranged from 30 tons to 1,600 tons, the largest of which was the wash tower at a height of over 100 meters. Following the lift, the PTC 200 DS was reconfigured to include an

MEGlobal awards Fluor Freeport project contract Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR) announced MEGlobal, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EQUATE Petrochemical Co., awarded it a contract for mechanical construction of its new monoethylene glycol manufacturing facility in Freeport. Fluor will book the undisclosed contract value in

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Mammoet’s PTC 200 DS is seen at record height.

additional 220 feet, bringing the total reach of the crane to 713 feet, the tallest the PTC has ever been on a job site. The configuration allowed the crane to remain in one location and execute lifts of modules located outside of the original lifting radius, keeping lifting activities consistent and eliminating downtime associated with crane relocation. Patrick van der Meide, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mammoet USA, said the team

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the first quarter of 2018. “This is Fluor’s fifth major construction project in Freeport over the past six years,” said Jack Penley, senior vice president of Construction & Fabrication for Fluor. “This will be MEGlobal’s first manufacturing unit in the United States.” Fluor’s mechanical construction scope includes the installation of equipment, steel and piping for the MEG process unit. About 1,000 craft professionals are expected at peak construction for Fluor’s scope. SPRING 2018


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