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US refiners in path of Storm Barry keep running

July 16/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) --  Most US refiners whose plants are in the path of Tropical Storm Barry took steps to keep them running, even as forecasters warned that the second named storm of the season could become a hurricane just before landfall last weekend, reported Reuters.

Exxon Mobil Corp planned to run its 502,500 barrel-per-day (bpd) Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery through Barry's expected slow move across the state last weekend, said sources familiar with plant operations.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc's refineries in Norco and Convent, Louisiana, also planned to remain in operation with essential personnel, as the state is drenched with as much as 2 feet (61 cm) of rain, sources familiar with operations at those plants said.

Exxon is taking steps to minimize the risk of heavy rain to its workers and equipment, said spokesman Jeremy Eikenberry, who added that its Baton Rouge and other US Gulf Coast plants were operating normally. Shell operations also were continuing at the two Louisiana refineries, spokesman Ray Fisher said.

Barry has shut 1 million barrels per day (bpd) of US Gulf of Mexico oil production, one-half of the region's daily crude and 44% of its natural gas output, according to the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

Refiner Phillips 66 was shutting down its 253,600-bpd Alliance, Louisiana, refinery, which has regularly been inundated by tropical storms by over the past 14 years.

PBF Energy Inc's Chalmette and Valero Energy Corp's Meraux refineries, both in Louisiana, were expected to remain open through the storm, according to people familiar with their operations. The Meraux refinery is about 17 miles north of the Alliance refinery.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:crude and gaz condensate, Exxon Mobil, Phillips 66, Shell, Valero, USA.
Category:General News
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