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LyondellBasell will restart methanol plant in Channelview

Part of the LyondellBasell plant in Channelview, as seen in this company photo.

Part of the LyondellBasell plant in Channelview, as seen in this company photo.

Methanol market strong worldwide

HOUSTON, Jan. 2, 2014 (PRNewswire) — LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) today announced that its methanol plant at Channelview, Texas, was placed into service in the fourth-quarter 2013 to take advantage of low-cost natural gas from shale formations. The unit had been out of service since 2004 due to the rising cost of natural gas, the key feedstock for methanol production.

According to spokesperson David Harpole, the activation of this plant has meant 24 new jobs to the complex.

The methanol unit has the capacity to produce 780,000 tons of methanol each year, he said. The unit was shut down in the year 2004 due to high prices for natural gas, but this has now been reversed by the availability of shale gas in the Texas Gulf Coast region.

Harpole said the restart work actually began in December, and continues as they carefully start up equipment that has not been in use.

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East Houston hospital receives its first baby of the New Year 2014

Baby Delaila Sandoval maker her debut on New Year’s day at East Houston Regional Medical Center with her mother, Jessica Parga and father, Gerardo Sandoval.

Baby Delaila Sandoval maker her debut on New Year’s day at East Houston Regional Medical Center with her mother, Jessica Parga and father, Gerardo Sandoval.

Houston, Texas, January 1, 2014 — East Houston Regional Medical Center and Dr. Christy Obukofe helped Houstonians Jessica Parga and Gerardo Sandoval welcome their baby girl, Delaila Sandoval, into the world at 12:02 a.m. on January 1, 2014. Baby Delaila is 6 lbs. and 10 oz. and is 18 and inches long. She was one of seven babies born on New Year’s Day at East Houston Regional Medical Center.

“I didn’t think I would be delivering Delaila on New Year’s Day,” said Jessica. “We are very excited that she is a New Year’s Day baby and we will celebrate her birthday every year with fireworks.”

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McIngvale receives Points of Light Award from Bush

JIM “MATTRESS MACK” McINGVALE receives his Daily Points of Light Award from Neil Bush, right, as Barbara and George Bush look on. Former President Bush nominated McIngvale for this presigious service award.

JIM “MATTRESS MACK” McINGVALE receives his Daily Points of Light Award from Neil Bush, right, as Barbara and George Bush look on. Former President Bush nominated McIngvale for this presigious service award.

HOUSTON – When George H. W. Bush was in office as president, he initiated an award to private citizens who had demonstrated a high level of public service and philanthropy to his fellow man. He personally gave out over 1000 of these awards, on a daily basis, thus the name.

On Monday, Dec. 23, Houston’s own Jim McIngvale was awarded this honor, by Bush’s son Neil Bush, who now heads the board of the Points of Light Foundation. This was the 5115th time the Daily Points of Light Award had been given, but it was the first time that former President Bush had actually nominated the recipient. The award was made at Bush’s office in Houston, with McIngvale’s daughters and son present, as well as Barbara and George Bush, and an interesting touch, the two family dogs, Mini-Me and Bibi.

McIngvale was deeply touched by the recognition, and although he and the president, as well as former president Clinton, have been friends for years, he was overwhelmed by the honor.

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Back in Crosby

don springer headshotThe Christmas and New Year celebrations are over and we should now be back at the old routine of winter. I always regret the end of the holiday period and that we just finished is no exception. This was however a little different for me. This was the first time in more than twenty years I wasn’t at home at Christmas time with most of my family, which is growing smaller as the year’s progress.

For the first time in my life I spent the Christmas holiday with David here in Crosby. He and I had a good celebration for a few days before Christmas and sometime later. I arrived in Crosby this year about mid-December which is some three weeks earlier than usual. While this was my first time away from home on Christmas it was the first Christmas in about twenty years that David has had a family member to celebrate Christmas. Unfortunately being a chemist in a chemical plant he has had to work on Christmas day about 17 out of the last twenty years.

It doesn’t seem possible but this is my 14th winter in Crosby and about 17 or 18 visits here during that period. Linda and I started visiting Dave in Crosby in 1999, right after he moved to this fine community. Another thing that doesn’t seem possible is that he has been a Texas resident for more than 30 years. Time does fly! I still think of him as a West Virginian but he has lived in Texas at least five years more than in the Mountain State.

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