September 3, 2017 / 12:55 AM / in 4 months

Valero ramping up production at Texas refineries hit by Harvey

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Valero Energy Corp was ramping up production at its Corpus Christi, Texas-area refineries in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the company said.

Valero also was evaluating its 335,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery for damage from Harvey. The refinery was shut on Wednesday.

Valero’s 293,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery and 89,000 bpd Three Rivers, Texas, refinery were both shut on Aug. 24 as Harvey menaced the Gulf Coast.

“Opening the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to ship traffic and improvement in other logistics will accelerate normalized operations,” the company said.

The 225,000-bpd Texas City, Texas, refinery was operating at full production, Valero said. Production was cut back on Tuesday as Harvey drenched the area.

“Houston will increase rates as transportation and logistics infrastructure becomes more accessible,” Valero said.

The 191,000-bpd Houston refinery reduced production on Tuesday.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Bill Trott

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