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BP, DAK Americas shut SC chemical plants on hurricane

HOUSTON, September 14, 2018 (PCW)-- BP and DAK Americas have shut their chemical plants at Cooper River, on the outskirts of Charleston, SC, due to Hurricane Florence, the companies said on Friday.

DAK produces PET resin and PET staple fiber and BP produces PET feedstock PTA at Cooper River.

"For safety purposes, both the PET Resins and Fibers Operations on-site have been temporarily closed for this event," DAK's spokesman said. "Systematic planned shutdown of these assets will ensure the ability to return to normal operations as quickly as possible post event. "

BP's spokesman said, "With forecasts indicating the storm could impact South Carolina on September 13, BP evacuated all non-essential personnel in accordance with Governor McMaster’s order. A small number of essential staff remain in place to ensure continued safe operations."

BP's website describes the Cooper River area as being "...surrounded by dense forests and wetlands with a rich ecosystem of plants and animals indigenous to the South Carolina Lowcountry, including longleaf pines, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, wood ducks, bluebirds and redcockaded woodpeckers." -- Xavier A. Cronin

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