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Tanker ship traffic to and from major refineries blocked amid protests

September 13/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The US Coast Guard closed the upper Houston Ship Channel as 11 Greenpeace USA protesters blocked a portion of the countrys largest oil port near Baytown, Texas, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing with reference to the agency's statement.

The channel is closed from Light 102A to Light 104, the Coast Guard said in a notice.

The closure of the Ship Channel at that location blocks tanker ship traffic to and from five major refineries in the Houston area, including Exxon Mobil Corps 560,500-barrel-per-day refinery in Baytown, which is 26 miles (42 km) east of downtown Houston.

One ship was waiting to enter the Ship Channel, which links the Gulf of Mexico and the Port of Houston, the nations busiest petrochemical port, and two ships were waiting to exit the waterway, the Coast Guard said.

Ship traffic to Texas City, Texas, where two refineries and several chemical plants are located, was not affected by the closure on the upper Ship Channel.

Affected by the shutdown were also Valero Energy Corps 205,000-bpd Houston refinery, LyondellBasells 263,776-bpd Houston refinery, Chevron Corps 112,229-bpd Pasadena, Texas, refinery and Royal Dutch Shell Plcs 340,000-bpd Deer Park, Texas, refinery.

All of the refineries are able to ship out products via pipelines and most have enough crude on hand to continue operating at maximum capacity for several days.

The Houston Ship Channel stretches 53 miles (85 km) from its entrance in the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of Houston.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:crude and gaz condensate, petrochemistry, Chevron, LyondellBasell, Shell, Valero, USA.
Category:General News
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