FACTBOX-US oil refiners threatened by flooding rivers
May 24 (Reuters) - Maintenance began Monday on Alon USA Energy's (ALJ.N) 80,000 barrel per day (bpd) Krotz Springs, Louisiana, refinery, which shut down over the weekend as the flooding Atchafalaya River cut off crude oil shipments. [ID:nWNAB0957]
Krotz Springs, about 44 miles (70 km) west of the state capitol of Baton Rouge, is next to the Atchafalaya River, which is swollen from the intentional release of flood waters from the Mississippi through the Morganza Spillway, in order to prevent inundating Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
The other refineries, all located along the Mississippi 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 and Atchafalaya rivers that can process 2.4 million barrels per day of oil, or 13.7 percent of the country's refining capacity.
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.
Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP.N) said operations were restarted 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.
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 AND BARGE TRAFFIC:
Nine miles (14.48 km) of the Mississippi River was partially shut near Baton Rouge after three barges came loose and sank on Friday. Traffic is being allowed northbound along the river. Southbound traffic is stopped and 49 vessels were waiting on Tuesday, the Coast Guard said.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER LEVELS:
Due to the opening of the Morganza Spillway, the Mississippi crested last week at Baton Rouge at 45 feet (13.71 meters). Tuesday morning the river was at 44.22 feet at Baton Rouge. With the openings of both the Morganza and the Bonnet Carre spillways, the Mississippi crested at New Orleans at 17 feet (5.18 meters) last week. On Tuesday, the river was at 16.83 feet.
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 Alden Bentley)
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