Hurricane Delta’s winds topple gear, disrupt U.S. oil refineries

In this news, we discuss the Hurricane Delta’s winds topple gear, disrupt U.S. oil refineries.

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Hurricane Delta cut power and overturned equipment at oil refineries on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast and shut down oil export ports as its destructive winds and surges of storm reached its center from afar.

Nearly 700,000 homes and businesses in three Gulf Coast states were without power on Saturday after Delta made landfall overnight as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of around 160 km / h (161 km / h). from the town of Creole, Louisiana.

High winds from Delta ripped roofs off homes, cut electricity and disrupted energy operations as far as Port Arthur, Texas, 105 km west of the Delta Landing.

Total SA’s 225,500 bpd (bpd) refinery lost power, Valero Energy Corp’s 335,000 bpd plant lost a cooling tower, and Motiva Enterprises shut down a small unit in its plant. 607,000 bpd refinery amid the storm, people familiar with the operations said.

Total quickly launched efforts to restart the oil processing plant, the sources said.

Total, Valero and Motiva did not respond to requests for comment.

The Royal Dutch Shell Convent, Geismar and Norco in Louisiana, oil and chemical plants were operating normally, a spokesperson said.

Three other Louisiana refineries near the storm track were previously closed for maintenance work or damage from a more powerful hurricane six weeks ago. These plants are operated by Citgo Petroleum [PDVSAC.UL] and Phillips 66.

Cheniere Energy Inc, which operates a natural gas processing plant on the Texas-Louisiana border, assessed the facilities on Saturday. Its Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant remains online and employees are safe, a spokesperson said.

Beaumont, Texas, oil and petrochemical ports in Lake Charles, Louisiana were closed to commercial vessels before the storm and remained closed on Saturday. Houston and Galveston were open and operating normally, according to US Coast Guard data.

The hurricane cut off most oil production off the US Gulf of Mexico coast and by 62% and natural gas, the Interior Department reported. Personnel from more than 280 production and oil rigs were evacuated before the storm.

It typically takes several days after a storm has passed for power producers to assess the damage to facilities, fire workers, and allow offshore production to resume.

However, Laura hit Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane in late August with winds of 150 mph and a storm surge that damaged onshore gas processing and offshore pipeline operations.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; additional writing and reporting by Gary McWilliams; Edited by Marguerita Choy

Original © Thomson Reuters

Originally posted 2020-10-12 04:26:09.

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