LyondellBasell Refinery, Most Gulf Coast Plants, Return to Operation

September 26, 2008

LyondellBasell announced today that its Houston refinery has restarted operations this week after being shut down in preparation for Hurricane Ike. The refinery is not yet operating at pre-hurricane rates but will progress toward increasing operating rates over the next week.

Startup operations have been completed or remain in progress at almost all of LyondellBasell’s chemicals and polymers facilities on the Gulf Coast. However, the limited availability of feedstock and industrial gasses continues to restrict our ability to return these plants to their pre-shutdown operating rates.

Our number one operational priority remains the safety of our people at our facilities and restarting our operations without impact to the environment.

LyondellBasell Gulf Coast Facilities include:

Bayport / Pasadena EO (Operating)
Bayport / Pasadena PO (Operating)
Beaumont / PDGlycol
Channelview (Operating)
Chocolate Bayou (Startup)
Corpus Christi (Operating)
La Porte (Operating / Startup)

Bayport / Pasadena (Operating)
Chocolate Bayou (Startup)
La Porte (Operating)
Lake Charles, La. (Operating)
Matagorda (Operating)
Victoria (Operating / Startup)

Refined Products
Houston (Operating)

CONTACT: David Harpole,, +1-713-309-4125

LyondellBasell Industries is one of the world's largest polymers, petrochemicals and fuels companies. We are 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 bio-fuels. 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.