HOUSTON, September 14 (Hfrance.fr) - The largest pipe fuel tanker resumed partial operations on Tuesday as instOil and gas allies weathered Hurricane Nicholas in Texas, taking less damage than Hurricane Ida two weeks earlier.
Rains, floods and blackouts hit Texas and Louisiana, which were still trying to recover from Hurricane Ida. This storm shut down most of the oil and gas production off the Gulf Coast of the United States.
Power outages in the region of Houston caused the preventive shutdown of Colonial Pipeline of its main gasoline and distillate. fuel lines, the company said in a notice to shippers.
Colonial Pipeline announced on Tuesday that it had resumed operations on its main gasoline line 1, while the distillate line 2 remained out of order due to Houston area power outage after Hurricane Nicholas hit lande.
Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) has halted production at its Perdido offshore oil rig due to high winds, and US liquefied natural gas producer Freeport LNG said processing at its coastal Texas facility has been halted, possibly due to a power outage.
The storm caused outages in Widespread power as it traversed the Houston metro area late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, but utilities restored power for some customers throughout the day on Tuesday, leaving 186,497 without power on Tuesday night. find out more L ' storm surge along the coasts of northeast Texas and Louisiana is expected to decreaseTuesday night.
Colonial, the largest fuel line in the United States, supplies some 2.5 million barrels per day of refined products to some of the most active American fuel brands ets, primarily in the Southeast and East Coast. The line was also closed during Hurricane Ida, but was restarted without incident a few days after the storm landed.
Over 39% U.S. Gulf of Mexico production of crude and natural gas remained closed on Tuesday, the Office of Environmental Safety and Enforcement (BSEE) of the offshore drilling regulator said , following the passage of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana.
MOST REFINERIES IN OPERATION
Approximately 720,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude production and 1.075 billion cubic feet per day of prop gasent offline, while 39 production platforms continued to be evacuated. Nicholas, which made landfall in Texas on Monday, is expected to reach Louisiana on Wednesday, bringing more flooding and heavy rain to Gulf oil facilities.
Shell has said it is ready to restart production on its Perdido offshore platform once power is restored to a receiving facility. The company had no plans to fire personnel to the offshore facility on Tuesday.
Some 14 inches of rain fell in Galveston while Houston got nearly six inches overnight and into the morning, the National Weather Service reported. Nicholas, who landed in Texas, had a much smaller effect than Ida on Gulf Coast refining capacity.
Most Texas refineries were operating Tuesday. Motiva EnterTaken (MOTIV.UL) 607,000 barrels per day (b / d) The Port Arthur, Texas refinery - the largest in the United States - was operating normally as Nicholas passed the area on Tuesday morning, sources close to it said of factory operations.
The Royal Dutch Shell 302,800 bpd joint venture refinery in Deer Park, Texas was also operating normally on Tuesday, as was Exxon 's Baytown and Beaumont Refineries.
More than 186,000 homes and businesses Texas utilities went without power on Tuesday night as utilities began restoring service faster than Tropical Storm Nicholas did not cause further outages, according to local utilities. This is down from a peak of 529,000 customers in Texas on Tuesday morning. learn moremore
Maritime traffic was slowed down Tuesday morning on the Houston Ship Channel and the Calcasieu Ship Channel. The ports of Houston, Freeport, Galveston and Texas City were open with restrictions, however, according to the US Coast Guard.
During Nicholas' passage, some shippers expect the restrictions imposed by ports in Texas and Louisiana to add to ongoing import and export delays from Ida. Additional reports from Laura Sanicola, Erwin Seba, Liz Hampton and Arpan Varghese; Edited by David Gregorio, Nick Zieminski and Aurora Ellis
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