Occidental Petroleum Provides Hurricane Harvey Business Impact Update

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 9:00 am EDT



Public Company Information:

"We are very proud of our team’s efforts to safely enact our business continuity plans across impacted assets and manage our business during and after the storm"

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) announced third quarter 2017 business impacts of Hurricane Harvey as operations have returned to pre-storm levels. Overall, the storm caused minimal disruptions to operations and Occidental expects this one-time financial and production impact to be limited to the third quarter.

The company experienced Hurricane Harvey business impacts within the Chemicals, Midstream and Permian Resources segments. Some Chemicals and Midstream operations suspended operations along the Gulf Coast, while Permian Resources encountered third-party disruptions, impacting production due to gas processing and NGL delivery.

“We are very proud of our team’s efforts to safely enact our business continuity plans across impacted assets and manage our business during and after the storm,” said President and CEO Vicki Hollub. “We remain on track and continue along our pathway to break even at $50 after dividend and production growth and our long-term, returns-focused value proposition.”

For the third quarter, the impacts of Hurricane Harvey are anticipated to be:

  • Chemicals segment pre-tax income reduction of approximately $60 million
  • Midstream segment pre-tax income reduction of approximately $10 million
  • Permian Resources daily production reduced by approximately 1,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day
  • Permian EOR was minimally impacted due to this asset area’s infrastructure position

To prepare for Hurricane Harvey, our Chemicals business safely shut down its facilities at Ingleside and Houston well ahead of any storm impact. At Ingleside, the ethylene cracker resumed operation on September 11, while production at the vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and chlor-alkali facilities resumed on September 15 and September 16, respectively.

At the Houston complex, the Pasadena and Deer Park polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plants restarted August 31. The Battleground chlor-alkali facility resumed production September 2, and the LaPorte VCM plant resumed production on September 6. Deer Park VCM resumed production on September 18, due to a lack of utilities from a third-party supplier.

In our Midstream segment, the Oxy Ingleside Energy Center oil export terminal suspended operations August 25, when the Port of Corpus Christi closed ahead of the storm. The facility reopened August 30, and on September 2 shipped the first cargo of crude oil from the Western Gulf Coast after port operations commenced.

About Occidental Petroleum

Occidental Petroleum Corporation is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Middle East and Latin America. Headquartered in Houston, Occidental is one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies, based on equity market capitalization. Occidental’s midstream and marketing segment gathers, processes, transports, stores, purchases and markets hydrocarbons and other commodities. The company’s wholly owned subsidiary OxyChem manufactures and markets basic chemicals and vinyls. Occidental posts or provides links to important information on its website at www.oxy.com.

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Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Melissa E. Schoeb
Richard A. Jackson
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