For more than 60 years, Lubrizol has been an active part of the Rouen and Normandy communities. Our work in Rouen provides more than 600 direct jobs and nearly 2,200 jobs when accounting for indirect jobs tied to the site.
With the permission of authorities, we will seek to resume partial operations through a safe and secure phased approach starting with the most basic blending operations.
Even though 90% of our site was not impacted by the fire, our entire Rouen site has stood idle since Sept. 26. These pictures were taken of the unimpacted portion of the site on Nov. 4, 2019. These areas are fully operational and ready for production.
A restart of the Lubrizol Rouen facility is required as soon as possible to ensure the thousands of employees, families, customers and suppliers who depend on our site continue to thrive. Each passing day means the economic viability of the Rouen site further declines.
All restart operations would be completed safely and securely in conjunction with local authorities. All manufacturing areas are completely separated from the impacted area of the site by a new barrier wall. In addition a newly installed drum treatment tent allows safe cleaning of impacted drums in an odor-controlled environment completely separate from the manufacturing areas.
We have discussed this with the DREAL and will work together to define a restart plan to ensure safety and security.