/images/PowerCableUpdate.jpg/images/southwire_100x70.jpgIndustrial Cable Available for Storm RecoveryIndCableAvailableForStormRecovery.htmIn the stricken areas, some major refineries and petrochemical plants have been shut down and 115 oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were destroyed. In addition to the destroyed platforms, 52 platforms and 183 pipelines were damaged. Southwire is
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Industrial Cable Available for Storm Recovery

In the Rita-Katrina storm zone, industrial plants of all kinds have started the slow process of clearing away debris and restoring operations. Although damage to offshore  platforms, petrochemical plants and other industrial facilities didn’t exact the toll in human suffering that parts of the Gulf Coast experienced, the time and effort to rebuild will be just as prolonged. Southwire is geared up to participate in that restoration.

Assessment still going on

Tom Martin, a Southwire representative whose home is in the New Orleans area, had this to say: “Companies along and near the Gulf are still assessing the combined damage from hurricanes Rita and Katrina. There is devastation from Beaumont, Texas to Mobile, Alabama but the flooding that occurred in the New Orleans Metropolitan area has been particularly catastrophic.”

In the stricken areas, some major refineries and petrochemical plants have been shut down and 115 oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were destroyed. In addition to the destroyed platforms, 52 platforms and 183 pipelines were damaged.

Southwire is focusing on meeting recovery demands while continuing to provide dedicated service to our loyal customers. We have taken steps to ensure that inventory levels are available to support those needs, and that appropriate priority is given to specific orders needed to rebuild the damaged infrastructure.

Some wire and cable orders are coming in from the affected areas, but most oil and petrochemical companies are still doing assessments of wiring needs for new equipment, motors and switchgear. Based on past storm-damage experience, Southwire manufacturing planners expect that industrial plants will need everything from flexible cord cables for temporary power to jacketed seamless- armored ARMOR-X in a wide range of conductor sizes and configurations. We’re preparing to supply 600V cable in sizes from AWG #16 and up as well as 5, 15 and 35 KV medium voltage cables.

Wire and cable inventory is available

The complete Southwire industrial product line will be available, direct and through Southwire distributors. Southwire has inventory available in our Master Service Centers, including Dallas. One major Southwire distributor– with a hub in Houston and an office in New Orleans – is already bringing in 600V power and control cables, and ARMOR-X in feeder sizes, including 500kcmil and 750kcmil.

Southwire is also ramping up production of the most commonly used sizes at our plant in Starkville, Mississippi. The Starkville plant is in full operation, and its location allows one- and two-day shipping to the storm-damaged area. The Starkville plant is prepared to drop-ship reels of cable for distributors selling into industrial plants.

“We have many sizes of ARMOR-X in stock and ready to ship,” Martin says. “Southwire’s broad product line makes it easy to consolidate orders, which reduces paperwork and makes it easier to track incoming deliveries.”

Contact your Southwire representative for availability and lead times for specific products.