Texas refineries remain stable during the storm as power outages increase

September 14 (Reuters) – Texas refineries continued to operate normally as rain, flooding and power outages began to affect Texas and Louisiana on Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Nicholas slowly moved into the Houston metropolitan area after weakening due to a hurricane.

Nicholas was about 24 miles southwest of Houston, Texas at 7 a.m., Central Time (1200 GMT), in a northeasterly direction with sustained maximum winds of 60 mph (95 km / h), the National Hurricane Center in a bulletin, after touching the Texas coast hours earlier.

Although Hurricane Ida destroyed a significant amount of refining capacity on the Gulf Coast earlier this month, Texas refineries continued to operate early Tuesday.

The Port Arthur, Texas refinery, 607,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Motiva Enterprises (MOTIV.UL), the largest in the United States, was operating normally as Nicholas passed through the area on Tuesday morning, sources familiar with plant operations. .

The Deer Park (Texas) refinery, a 302,800 bpd joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L), was also operating normally on Tuesday morning following the Nicholas Pass, sources familiar with the company’s operations reported. plant.

Nicholas caused widespread power outages when he crossed the Houston metropolitan area on Monday night and Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday, about 485,000 customers were without electricity in Texas, Reuters reported. Read more

Texas CenterPoint Energy Inc. (CNP.N) energy company said Tuesday that about 400,000 homes and businesses in the Houston area service territory were without electricity.

More than 40 percent of Mexico’s Gulf oil and gas production in the United States remained offline Monday, two weeks after Hurricane Ida crashed off the coast of Louisiana, according to offshore regulator Bureau of Safety and Security. Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

Damage to an offshore center that pumps oil and gas from three large oil fields for land processing and power cuts at land processing plants are responsible for production losses.

The four liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plants operating along the Gulf of Mexico, meanwhile, remained in service early Tuesday, according to Refinitiv gas pipeline data.

Report by Laura Sanicola; Edited by Steve Orlofsky

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