• Hurricane Beryl, originally a Category 5 storm that weakened to a tropical storm after impacting Jamaica and the Caribbean, has unexpectedly changed course and is now bearing down on the US Gulf Coast.
  • This shift in trajectory has placed several major ports in Texas, including Corpus Christi, Freeport, and Galveston, directly in its path. These ports serve as critical hubs for US petrochemical refineries and chemical complexes, making the storm a significant threat to the supply chain of the petrochemical industry.


  • The potential impact of Hurricane Beryl on the petrochemical sector is reminiscent of previous storms, such as Hurricane Ida in 2021, which caused substantial disruptions and led to significant price volatility in petrochemical products.
    • For instance, polypropylene prices surged by more than 10% within a span of two months due to supply chain interruptions caused by Hurricane Ida.
  • Authorities are urging residents and businesses to take necessary precautions and prepare for the impact of Hurricane Beryl, emphasizing the importance of resilience and readiness in facing the challenges of an increasingly volatile hurricane season.
    • In Texas, as of Tuesday morning, 2.7 million homes are without power and over 1,300 flights have been cancelled
  • Global crude oil and the downstream petrochemicals market are expected to be impacted by the event. However, the impact is expected to remain moderate amid the Gaza ceasefire discussions (which is driving crude oil prices downward in the global market).