(Add information on Par Petroleum supply, station network)
HOUSTON Aug 7 Hawaii's only two refineries on
Thursday were preparing for a pair of hurricanes approaching the
archipelago, spokesmen for the companies said.
They joined Hawaiians bracing for Hurricane Iselle, which
was slated to make landfall on Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday
night before passing south of the other islands on Friday.
Behind Iselle was Hurricane Julio, forecast to pass just
north of the Big Island on Sunday morning, according to the
National Hurricane Center.
Par Petroleum Corp and Chevron Corp each
were securing their plants on the island of Oahu.
"We're going through our checklists to make sure all is
buttoned down," said Lance Tanaka, spokesman for Par Petroleum's
94,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Kapolei refinery, the larger of the
two plants. He said the company would later consider whether to
shut it down for the storms.
Chevron said it was implementing emergency preparedness
plans at its 54,000-bpd Honolulu plant in anticipation of
Iselle's wind and rain.
Both plants make gasoline, ultra-low sulfur diesel, jet
fuel, marine fuel and other refined products.
Par Petroleum refinery, which supplies 31 gasoline stations
on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, said late on Thursday that the
plant's docks were shut down for the storm, which will delay
resupplying those stations.
Tanaka said the company has several days' worth of supply on
the islands depending on that state of demand.
Par Petroleum last year bought the Kapolei refinery, plus
storage tanks, pipelines and a mooring terminal from Tesoro Corp
for $75 million plus up to $275 million in net working
capital and inventory.
(Reporting by Kristen Hays, Malia Mattoch McManus in Honolulu
and Debasis Mohapatra in Bangalore; Editing by Tom Hogue)