FACTBOX-US refiners continue operating, monitor river

Thu May 19, 2011 10:51am EDT

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 May 19 (Reuters) - The smallest of eight Louisiana
refineries closely monitoring the swollen Mississippi River was
shutting down units this week because of rising flood waters, a
source familiar with refinery operations said on Thursday.
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 Alon USA Energy's (ALJ.N) 80,000 barrel-per-day (bpd)
refinery in Krotz Springs, Louisiana, about 44 miles (70 km)
west of the state capitol of Baton Rouge, is the only plant
among the eight that sits next to the Atchafalaya River.
 The other seven refineries continue to operate, although
output has been reduced by at least 10 percent at the nation's
second-largest refinery operated by Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) in
Baton Rouge, sources told Reuters.
 Scores of U.S. heartland rivers from the Dakotas to Ohio
have flooded following a snowy winter and heavy spring rains,
feeding near-record crests on the lower Mississippi River.
 There are 10 refineries located along the Mississippi River
that can process 2.4 million barrels per day of oil, or 13.7
percent of the country's refining capacity.
 (Graphic: r.reuters.com/gyt49r)
 REFINERIES AT RISK FROM FLOODS (in bpd)
 *Alon USA Energy (ALJ.N) Krotz Springs, Louisiana : 80,000
 *Chalmette Refining (XOM.N) Chalmette, Louisiana:  192,500
 *ConocoPhillips (COP.N) Belle Chasse, Louisiana:   247,000
 *Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) Baton Rouge, Louisiana:  504,500
 *Marathon Oil Corp (MRO.N) Garyville, Louisiana:   436,000
 *Motiva Enterprises (RDSa.L) Convent, Louisiana:   235,000
 *Motiva Enterprises (RDSa.L) Norco, Louisiana:     234,700
 *Murphy Oil Corp (MUR.N) Meraux, Louisiana:        120,000
 *Valero Energy Corp (VLO.N) Memphis, Tennessee:    180,000
 *Valero Energy Corp (VLO.N) St. Charles, Louisiana 185,000
 NUCLEAR FACILITIES AT RISK FROM FLOODS
 * Entergy's (ETR.N) 1,176-megawatt Waterford nuclear plant
in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.
 * Entergy's 978-megawatt River Bend nuclear plant in West
Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.
 * Entergy's 1,268-megawatt Grand Gulf nuclear station in
Clairborne County, Mississippi.
 TERMINALS SHUT:
 Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP.N) said operations would
restart at its 2.8 million-barrel storage terminal in Marrero,
Louisiana. Magellan's 50,000-barrel storage terminal in Gibson,
Louisiana, remained shut. Water levels have crested at Marrero
on the Mississippi, while water levels were rising on the
Atchafalaya at Gibson.
 PIPELINES SHUT:
 Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) Pipeline Co has shut two 12-inch
(30.5-cm) crude line segments of the North Line system north of
Baton Rouge and one 16-inch segment of the Southwest line
across the river from Baton Rouge. The lines were filled with
water and will remain so until flooding ends.
 SHIP TRAFFIC:
 The Mississippi River reopened at Natchez, Mississippi, on
Tuesday. Travel through a 15-mile (24-km) stretch of the river
near Natchez was restricted. Fifteen vessels were waiting to
transit that section of the river on Wednesday, the U.S. Coast
Guard said. That portion of the river may be closed if the
river level at Natchez reaches 62.5 feet (19.05 meters).
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 BARGE TRAFFIC:
 Barge traffic is moving along the Mississippi River with
some restrictions. Barges were running near Baton Rouge, but
facing difficult river conditions.
 OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION AT RISK BY MORGANZA SPILLWAY
OPENING:
 (Source: Jefferies & Co and La. Dept. of Nat. Resources)
 Operator                    Barrels oil equivalent/day
 BP (BP.L) America Production Co   10,703
 Petroquest (PQ.N) Energy LLC       8,757
 Apache Corp (APA.N)                4,986
 ConocoPhillips (COP.N) Inc         2,661
 Stone Energy (SGY.N) Corp          2,232
 Chevron (CVX.N) USA Inc            1,467
 Dune DUNR.OB Operating Co        1,407
 Swift Energy (SFY.N) Optg LLC      1,241
 (Reporting by Erwin Seba, Kristen Hays, Selam Gebrekidan,
Janet McGurty, Bruce Nichols; Editing by Lisa
Shumaker)






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