Of the nation’s refinery capacity 28.4 percent remains off-line today as a result of damage by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Here is the latest information we have on Texas/Louisiana refineries:
Houston area (2,291,859 capacity)
BP/Texas City: 437,000 Shutdown; no restart estimate
Marathon/Texas City: 72,000 Restarting
Valero/Texas City: 209,950 Restarting
Astra/Pasadena: 100,000 Restarting
Valero/Houston: 83,000 Restarting; normal operations by end of week
Lyondell-Citgo/Houston: 270,200 Restarting
Shell/Deer Park: 333,700 Restarting will extend into next week
ExxonMobil/Baytown: 557,000 Initiating sequenced startup; will take days to complete
ConocoPhillips/Sweeney: 229,000 Restarting; full rate this week
Beaumont / Port Arthur (1,122,000 capacity)
Total Petrochemical: 233,500 Shutdown
Motiva: 285,000 No restart estimate
Valero: 255,000 Estimate restart in 2-4 weeks
ExxonMobil: 348,500 No restart estimate
Lake Charles (593,700 capacity)
Citgo: 324,300 No restart estimate due to power loss
ConocoPhillips: 239,400 Estimate restart mid-October
Calcasieu Refining: 30,000 Shutdown
Total Rita capacity down 4,007,550 (23.4% of U.S. capacity)
In addition, four Katrina refineries remain down, representing a little more than 5 percent of U.S. refining capacity (ConocoPhillips-Belle Chasse; ExxonMobil-Chalmette; Murphy Oil-Meraux; and Chevron-Pascagoula).
Closed: Centennial, Longhorn
Operating: Plantation, Seaway, Dixie.
Partially operating: Capline, Colonial, TEPPCO, Explorer, Magellan, Marathon, LOOP.
As of 1 p.m. today, MMS reports 471 platforms (down from 593 on Thursday) and 33 rigs (down from 64 on Thursday) evacuated in the Gulf of Mexico, which provides 29 percent of domestic oil production and 19 percent of domestic natural gas production.
Note: MMS relies on information supplied by the companies and there may be a lag between the time platforms are back in operation and the time MMS compiles its information.
The combined shut-ins associated with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is equivalent to 97.83 percent of oil production from the Gulf (1.5 million barrels per day) and 79.41 percent of daily natural gas production (8 billion cubic feet per day).
Assessments for oil spills continue of those areas affected by Hurricane Rita. While there have been a number of sheens reported, there are no reports of significant oil spills offshore.
The Houston Ship Channel and Texas City Channel have been reopened for 24-hour navigation. In addition, the Coast Guard has given port captains permission to waive requirements related to Oil Spill Response Operator
requirements in the Gulf. Shippers were faced with possibly being out of compliance with their Vessel Response Plans because of the widespread commitment of response equipment for clean-up hurricane operations.
The Gulf Intercoastal Waterway is fully open as a result of the operational agreements reached with the Corps of Engineers. Two locks in question, Calcasieu and Leland Bowman, are still not operational, but have been left
open to facilitate drainage and to allow vessels to move through them without the locking procedure. To do this safely, industry has posted assist vessels at the locks to help move tows through them. We understand three
tows moved through the locks yesterday. While this represents progress in the critical situation of moving feedstocks to facilities, the large queue of traffic waiting to get through the locks could still prove problematic until the locks are fully operational, which could come as late as Sunday.
The Jones Act exception has been extended until October 24 for crude oil and products.