By ALISON SIDER and ANGEL GONZALEZ
HOUSTON -- The US Gulf Coasts energy producers moved
to restart refineries and restart platforms Friday as Tropical
Depression Isaac petered out over the Mississippi River
The US Department of Energy said Friday some 878,000 bbl of
refining capacity remained shut
down, with four refineries in the area down and five operating
at a reduced rate.
Two Louisiana refineries Motivas 250,000 bpd
Convent refinery and Placid Refinings 57,000 bpd Port
Allen facility were in the process of restarting, the
Marathon Petroleum said Friday its Garyville, La., refinery suffered no significant
damage and has continued to operate at reduced rates.
The facility, however, did receive a large amount of
rainfall, the company said.
Marathon plans to operate the facility at a reduced rate
until the normal crude supply logistics return a
spokesman said in a statement.
Valero said maintenance crews are in the process
of assessing the Louisiana refineries it had shut down, but the
facilities are not yet up and
Employees will return over the weekend to begin the process
of restarting operations at the 125,000 bpd refinery in Meraux and the 205,000
bpd refinery in Norco, in St. Charles Parish. Valero spokesman
Bill Day said there isn't yet a timetable for restarting
We should have a better idea this weekend, he
said. Mr. Day had said Thursday that initial inspections did
not show anything more than minor wind damage to the
Valeros 180,000 bpd refinery in Memphis, Tenn., which
had to reduce its rates due to the closing of the 1.2 million
bpd Capline Pipeline bringing crude from the Gulf Coast, will
now ramp up to planned rates because the pipeline reopened.
Phillips 66s Alliance refinery in Belle Chasse, La.,
remained shut down and without power. The 247,000 bpd facility
had some floodwater, though it is receding, a company spokesman
Nearly all of the oil production in the US Gulf of Mexico's
federal waters remained offline. Production of 1.3 million bpd
of oil, or 95% of the region's total, was shut in, a level
similar to the one seen Thursday, the US Bureau of Safety and
Environmental Enforcement said
Offshore natural gas outages decreased slightly to 3.1
billion cubic feet/day, or 68% of the region's normal
production, down from 3.3 billion cubic feet/day on
BP, the Gulf's largest energy producer, said it is
redeploying staff to offshore facilities, and will start producing
oil and gas there in the coming days.
The company said aerial surveys showed no damage to Isaac,
but crews will perform closer inspections when they return.
Anadarko Petroleum said it has started the process of
restaffing platforms in the eastern and central Gulf of Mexico
that were evacuated ahead of Hurricane Isaac.
Employees will conduct on-site inspections at five platforms
Friday, after remote monitoring systems indicated that all the
company's facilities were intact.
The company said it expects to restart production as
pipeline and infrastructure availability allows.
BHP Billiton said it began restaffing its Gulf of Mexico
production platforms Friday. Production will resume as
soon as possible, a spokesman said.
The DoE said Friday that about 717,848 electricity customers
remain without power in Arkansas, Louisiana and
Dow Jones Newswires