KINGWOOD, TX — Hurricane Isaac battered Louisiana and Mississippi on the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, but Rain CII’s Gulf Coast facilities escaped significant damage.
During the storm, operations were shut down in Purvis, Mississippi, as well as Chalmette, Norco, and Gramercy, Louisiana. Reports from the plants indicate that physical damage was relatively light.
After being shut down as the storm passed through, the plant in Purvis came back on-line Friday, August 31, Gramercy on Saturday, Norco on Sunday, and Chalmette on Monday.
At this time, we forecast the shutdowns will have minimal impact on our overall production for the year. We are in the process of analyzing whether disruptions from the storm will have any effect on customer shipments.
All of our employees are reported to be safe, but as a result of the storm some did suffer significant property damage and loss. Many in the Rain CII family are all too familiar with the life-altering effects of Gulf hurricanes. As we learn more about how our friends and colleagues have been affected by Hurricane Isaac, we will remain conscious of those in need.
Rain CII is one of the leading producers of calcined petroleum coke (CPC). Rain CII has the capacity to produce more than 2.4 million tons of CPC annually, representing 10% of the world’s requirements for CPC. CPC is the source of carbon consumed in the production of aluminum and titanium dioxide the world over. Louisiana is the largest CPC producing region in the world outside of China, with Rain CII accounting for more than half of Louisiana’s CPC production.
Rain CII is headquartered in Kingwood, Texas; Stamford, Connecticut; and Hyderabad, India. Rain CII’s operating facilities include nine CPC plants with US operating locations in Louisiana (4), Mississippi (1), Illinois (1), and West Virginia (1) and affiliated operations in Visakhapatnam, India (1) and Zhenjiang, China (1).