Refinery operations stable after channel closure

Texas refineries reported stable operations after a large portion of the Houston Ship Channel reopened. Protesters dangled on ropes above the key energy-export water Thursday, prompting the closure. 

Exxon Baytown

Production at Exxon Mobil Corp’s 560,500 barrel-per-day (bpd) Baytown, Texas refinery was unaffected by a closure of the upper Houston Ship Channel because of a protest by Greenpeace USA.

The Baytown refinery is the fourth largest in the United States and Exxon’s largest U.S. refinery.

Lyondell Houston

Operations were normal on Thursday at Lyondell Basell Industries 263,776 barrel-per-day (bpd) Houston refinery after the closure of the upper Houston Ship Channel by protesters from Greenpeace USA, said sources familiar with plant operations.

The refinery has not made plans to cut back production or shut units, the sources said. The refinery has crude on-hand to continue operating for several days.

Shell Deer Park

Operations were stable on Thursday morning at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s 340,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) joint-venture refinery in Deer Park, Texas, after the upper Houston Ship Channel was closed by protesters from Greenpeace USA, said a Shell spokesman.

The Deer Park refinery is a 50-50 joint-venture between Shell and Mexico’s national oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex). Shell is the managing partner of the joint-venture.


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