Hurricane update: Struck oil refinery restarts

Three weeks after Hurricane Rita ripped through Texas, the oil refineries in the region are beginning to process gasoline again. The storm knocked out power and scattered the workforce, yet the restoration is underway. Follow us as the arduous task of picking up the pieces continues.

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A Message from ISA President Don Zee...

FELLOW ISA MEMBERS: Are you available to help your automation colleagues who were adversely affected by the recent US Gulf Coast hurricanes? Can you volunteer some of your time and expertise to ease the burden faced by companies in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, or Alabama that are trying to resume their normal activities? Do you have a few hours to be available by email or phone to respond to inquiries or offer advice? Are you available to spend a couple of days on site helping out? Do you have equipment or services that you can donate?

Please contact ISA and let us know what you can do to help our colleagues. We will be contacting companies in these states to see if they are in need of help and will put any requestors in touch with you. You can also send an email to or call 919-549-8411.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide to our friends and colleagues.

Sincerely, Don Zee - ISA President

A Message from the Editor...

HERE AT CONTROL magazine,, and Putman Media, we want to express our concern and sympathy for the survivors of this years hurricanes. Not only do some of us have immediate family in the region, but also a significant part of our readership lives and works in the affected areas of Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. We hope that things return to normal as soon as possible. In order to help that along, I am urging you all to donate to the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army as much money as you can. I have made a donation, personally, and Putman Media has matched it. Many of you work for companies that will also match charitable donations you make. Visit and for specific donation information. Let us all hang together for our friends and colleagues in the process industries along the Gulf Coast.


Walt Boyes, Editor in Chief


THE FOLLOWING NEWS items have been culled from industry sources, business wires and the general news media on how the process industries and the people who work for them have been impacted by the recent Hurricanes that devastated much of the Gulf Coast.


Process Industries and Refinery Plants Restart


This Valero oil refinery in Port Arthur, Texas is producing gasoline again, three weeks after heavy damage by Hurricane Rita.

Struck oil refinery restarts
Oct. 16:
Three weeks after Hurricane Rita ripped through Port Arthur, Texas, the Valero oil refinery is making gasoline again. The storm knocked out the refinery's power and scattered its workforce. Two other refineries in the Port Arthur area remain closed, and three in Louisiana, damaged during Katrina, are still shut down. The ongoing shortage of refining capacity is keeping oil prices high.
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Chevron refinery back in action
Oct. 15:
Katrina-damaged facility operating at same old rate.
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Bayou food processing industry to get going after Katrina
Oct. 10:
All of Bayou La Batre's more than 50 seafood processing plants were shut down by Katrina. The plants are struggling to find needed equipment to get open, but owners say there will be no reason to open if there's no seafood to process.
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Storm damage to plants hurts Dupont earnings
Hundreds of other chemical plants in the Guld Coast region shut down as a result of the storms, with power outages and disruptions in raw material supplies are expected to last into next year
CLICK HERE to read more.


Floodwaters surround storage tanks Sunday at a refinery near Lake Charles, La. Seven refineries in East Texas and Louisiana remain closed after losing power and sustaining hurricane damage. Source: Oscar Sosa, Bloomberg News

House passes bill to boost construction of refineries

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