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Oil Factbox: Colonial Pipeline restarts gasoline Line 1

New York (Platts)--5 Sep 2017 17:33 pm EDT/21:33 GMT

Colonial Pipeline, the largest US refined products pipeline, resumed gasoline shipments on its Line 1 from Houston and Pasadena, Texas, the company said Tuesday.

That returned the full system to service after Hurricane Harvey knocked out pumping from all Texas locations. Colonial resumed pumping of diesel and jet fuel shipments on its Line 2 from Houston on Monday.

Valero Energy, the largest independent US refiner, has told federal regulators the ramp-up of its Houston-area refineries after Harvey could be stalled by a snag over gasoline specifications allowed on Colonial.

The refiner said it wants to move winter-grade gasoline on the pipeline, in line with the US Environmental Protection Agency's waiver lifting summer-grade gasoline requirements in 38 states and the District of Columbia two weeks early.

Colonial filed its own emergency request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asking for the same action.

Enterprise Products Partners has restarted "substantially all of its major assets impacted by Hurricane Harvey," the company said.

Among the units back online are its eight NGL fractionators, six propylene splitters, isomerization facility and octane enhancement unit at the Mont Belvieu, Texas, hub, as well as ethane and LPG loading terminals on the Houston Ship Channel.


* Motiva aims to return its 603,000 b/d Port Arthur, Texas, refinery -- the nation's largest -- to service by Sunday, at initial rates of about 40% of capacity, the company said Tuesday.

"Motiva's Port Arthur Refinery is in the final phases of equipment assessments and initial phases of refinery start up. We expect the refinery to initially return to approximately 40% production by the end of this weekend, provided that the final assessments meet our operational standards," the emailed statement said.

* Petrobras' Pasadena Refining is restarting its 112,229 b/d refinery in Texas, the company said in a filing with state regulators Tuesday.

* Roughly 2 million b/d of Texas refinery capacity remained down, or 11% of total US capacity. Assuming the plants that are in partial shutdown or returning are at 50% of capacity, that would put the figure closer to 2.87 million b/d, or 15.5% of US capacity.

Full shutdown:

(Company: Location -- Capacity (b/d))

  • ExxonMobil: Beaumont, TX -- 362,300
  • Magellan: Corpus Christi, TX -- 50,000
  • Buckeye: Corpus Christi, TX -- 50,000
  • Shell: Deer Park, TX -- 340,000
  • Motiva: Port Arthur, TX -- 603,000
  • Total: Port Arthur, TX -- 225,500
  • Phillips 66: Sweeny, TX -- 247,000

Total capacity closed: 1,990,029

Share of US capacity: 11%

Partial shutdown/returning:

(Company: Location -- Capacity (b/d); 50% of Capacity (b/d))

  • ExxonMobil: Baytown, TX -- 560,500; 280,250
  • Flint Hills***: Corpus Christi, TX-West -- 230,000; 115,000
  • Flint Hills***: Corpus Christi, TX-East -- 70,000; 35,000
  • Citgo***: Corpus Christi, TX -- 157,500; 78,750
  • Valero***: Three Rivers, TX -- 89,000; 44,500
  • Lyondell: Houston, TX -- 263,776; 131,888
  • Marathon***: Galveston Bay, TX -- 459,000; 229,500
  • Marathon: Texas City, TX -- 86,000; 43,000
  • Valero***: Houston, TX -- 191,000; 95,500
  • Valero***: Port Arthur, TX -- 335,000; 167,500
  • Petrobras***: Pasadena, TX -- 112,229; 56,115

Total capacity reduced: 996,753

Closed + reduced capacity: 2,874,553

Share of US capacity: 15.5%


Ports and Terminals

* Plans to allow crude carriers into the Houston Ship Channel will likely be delayed with a sunken dry dock in the waterway, an executive at a marine agency said over the weekend. Salvage operations for the dry dock started Sunday.

* The three refineries in Lake Charles, Louisiana, are no longer cut off from tanker deliveries now that the Calcasieu Ship Channel and Lake Charles port have reopened.

* The US Coast Guard has opened the Port of Corpus Christi, but some restrictions remain in place because it has not finished surveying all channels and inlets in the harbor. Data from cFlow, Platts' trade-flow software, showed several vessels carrying crude entering Corpus Christi via Port Aransas since Thursday.

Pipelines and Rail

* Magellan Midstream has restarted two long-haul Texas crude oil pipelines that were shut because of Hurricane Harvey. The two pipelines are the 400,000-b/d Bridge Tex and 275,000-b/d Long Horn line; both run from southeastern Texas to Magellan's East Houston terminal along the Houston Ship Channel.

* Magellan Midstream Partners has started up a 180,000 b/d refined products pipeline that starts at its East Houston terminal in Texas.


* The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is no longer providing updates on offshore Gulf of Mexico production. In its final report on Sunday, the agency said 96,260 b/d of Gulf oil production remained shut in, or 5.5% of normal output of 1.75 million b/d.

* Shell Oil said late Monday workers are inspecting the Perdido Spar offshore in the Gulf of Mexico for damage from Harvey, but gave no timeline for the restart of production from the fields it serves.


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