Court Enters Temporary Restraining Order Restricting Actions Against Lyondell Chemical Company's Non-Debtor Affiliate, LyondellBasell Industries AF S.C.A., or Any of Its Other Non-Debtor Affiliates

February 10, 2009

HOUSTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has entered a temporary restraining order against any creditor of Lyondell Chemical Company or its co-debtor affiliates and subsidiaries from proceeding against LyondellBasell Industries AF S.C.A. pursuant to guaranty agreements entered into by LyondellBasell Industries AF S.C.A. with such creditors.

The temporary restraining order also restrains holders of record and beneficial owners of the euro 500 million and $615 million 8 3/8% Senior Notes due 2015 issued by LyondellBasell Industries AF S.C.A. from, among other things, taking any action to accelerate the maturity of such notes.

A hearing will be held on the motion for preliminary injunctive relief on Friday, February 13, 2009 at 9:45 a.m. before the Honorable Robert E. Gerber, United States Bankruptcy Judge, at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Courtroom 621, One Bowling Green, New York, New York 10004. Any objections to the motion for preliminary injunction must be received no later than 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2009 by the Bankruptcy Court and filed electronically in accordance with General Order M-242.

Such objections must also be served on i) Susman Godfrey L.L.P., proposed attorneys for the Debtors, 1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 5100, Houston, Texas 77002 (Attn: Vineet Bhatia, Esq. and David Peterson); (ii) Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, proposed attorneys for the Debtors, One World Financial Center, New York, New York 10281 (Attn: Deryck A. Palmer, Esq. and Jessica L. Fink, Esq.); (iii) the Office of the United States Trustee for the Southern District of New York, 33 Whitehall Street, New York, New York 10004 (Attn: Paul Schwartzberg, Esq.); (iv) Davis, Polk & Wardwell, attorneys for the agents for the Debtors' postpetition credit facilities, 450 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017 (Attn: Marshall S. Huebner, Esq. and Timothy E. Graulich, Esq.); (v) Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, attorneys for UBS AG, Stamford Branch, as Term DIP Agent, 425 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York, 10017 (Attn: Kathrine A. McLendon and Anne L. Knight); (vi) Brown Rudnick LLP, proposed attorneys for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Seven Times Square, New York, New York 10036 (Attn: Edward S. Weisfelner, Esq.) and Brown Rudnick LLP, One Financial Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02111 (Attn: Steven D. Pohl, Esq.); and (vii) Mayer Brown LLP, attorneys for the agents for the Debtors' postpetition credit facilities, 1675 Broadway, New York, New York 10019 (Attn: Brian Trust, Esq.).

A copy of the temporary restraining order and other relevant documents may be found at the following internet address:

The case number for the bankruptcy action is 09-10023


About LyondellBasell

LyondellBasell Industries is one of the world's largest polymers, petrochemicals and fuels companies. The company is the global leader in polyolefins technology, production and marketing; a pioneer in propylene oxide and derivatives; and a significant producer of fuels and refined products, including biofuels. Through research and development, LyondellBasell develops innovative materials and technologies that deliver exceptional customer value and products that improve quality of life for people around the world. Headquartered in The Netherlands, LyondellBasell ( is privately owned by Access Industries.


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SOURCE: LyondellBasell Industries

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Contact: David Harpole, LyondellBasell, +1 713 309 4125