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Colonial Pipeline halts fuel deliveries due to Hurricane Ida

August 31/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Colonial Pipeline Co, the largest petroleum products pipeline in the United States, said it would temporarily halt fuel deliveries from Houston to Greensboro, North Carolina, due to Hurricane Ida, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The pipeline operator, which carries nearly half the fuel consumed along the US East Coast, said supplies would continue to be available at its terminals throughout the Southeast. It expects to resume full service when it is safe to do so, it said in a note to shippers.

Colonial suffered a crippling cyberattack earlier this year that disrupted fuel supplies for almost a week, leaving thousands of gas stations in the Southeast without fuel and prompting airlines to reroute planes to get jet fuel.

Hurricane Ida prompted US Gulf of Mexico oil operators to shut in some 95% of crude production on Sunday, while refineries that produce gasoline and jet fuel along the Gulf Coast are shutting plants or reducing production due to the storm.

Phillips 66 shut its Alliance plant in Belle Chasse, Valero Energy temporarily halted operations at its Meraux and St. Charles refineries, and Exxon Mobil Corp reduced production at its Baton Rouge refinery ahead of the storm's landfall. All the facilities are in Louisiana.

As MRC reported before, the fourth-largest US refiner Phillips 66 said earlier this month that it put the smaller of its two Louisiana refineries up for sale amid continued losses and an uncertain future for motor fuels. The company is holding talks with a potential buyer on the sale of its 255,600 barrel-per-day (bpd) Alliance refinery in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, according to two people familiar with the matter. The identity of the potential buyer could not immediately be learned. US refiners have closed or sold oil processing plants as the COVID-19 pandemic slashed demand for gasoline and jet fuel, generating losses for the industry.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,176,860 tonnes in the first half of 2021, up by 5% year on year. Shipments of exclusively low density polyethylene (LDPE) decreased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 727,160 tonnes in the first six months of 2021, up by 31% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased. Supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:crude and gaz condensate, petrochemistry, BPC, Exxon Mobil, Phillips 66, Valero, USA.
Category:General News
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