Hurricane Harvey has impacted the U.S. in many ways. The U.S. Gulf Coast is home to about 90% of the nation's capacity to produce base plastics. Our goal is to keep you informed as the industry rebounds and recovers.

Quick Facts:

  • 88% of the nation's oil rigs lie off the Louisiana coast
  • 47% of total U.S. refining capacity is in the Gulf Coast region
  • Texas is 2nd largest U.S. state for GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
  • Texas was producing 3.4 million barrels a day of crude oil when Harvey hit the region
    • Total U.S. production: 17.5 million barrels a day
  • Hurricane Harvey first made landfall on August 25, 2017
    • As of September 6th, roughly 60% of U.S. ethylene capacity remained offline as a result of Hurricane Harvey

Rainfall measurements in the Gulf Coast - resulting from Hurricane Harvey

As of September 20th:


Polypropylene Capacity

  • 61% of North American polypropylene capacity has been affected
    • All facilities have been restored

Polyethylene Capacity

  • Harvey affected 42% of North American polyethylene capavity
    • Some facilities are believed to remain closed through October

Ethylene Capacity

  • 100-105 million lbs/day of ethylene capacity had been affected by Harvey
    • 85 million lbs/day has now been restored

The industry has reacted to the limited capacity with announced increases for resin based consumable supplies. If you are interesting in learning more - contact us at 425-347-0330!