May 20 The smallest of Louisiana's refineries
was shutting down this week because of rising flood waters
along the Mississippi and Atchafalya rivers, a source familiar
with refinery operations said on Thursday. [ID:nN19131598]
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
next to the Atchafalaya River.
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
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
restarting 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.
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).
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
(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)