April 16, 2007 / 1:40 PM / 13 years ago

Weather woes not a problem at Northeast refineries

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil refineries along the rain-soaked northeastern U.S. coast appeared to be operating normally Monday morning despite record rainfall in the region over the past two days.

But traders said there were some barge and shipping delays as the region was soaked with over 7 inches rain. Still, the Coast Guard reported no problems with ships leaving or entering the New York Harbor or with barges carrying fuel up the Hudson River. .

A spokesman for ConocoPhillips Corp, which operates two refineries in the area, said he was unaware of any problems at either refinery.

ConocoPhillips operates the 238,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Linden, New Jersey, where heavy rain was expected to add as much as an another inch and half to the over 7 inches that fell in the region yesterday.

ConocoPhillips’ 185,000 bpd refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, appeared to have also weathered the storm so far, but forecasts called for continued rain and snow in the region.

Traders reported no apparent problems at any of the three Sunoco refineries. Sunoco operates a 175,000 bpd refinery in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, and a 335,000 refinery in Philadelphia. Across the Delaware River in New Jersey, Sunoco owns a 145,000 bpd refinery in Westville.

A company spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

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