May 9, 2011 / 9:05 PM / in 7 years

UPDATE 1-FACTBOX-Midwest flood threatens US oil infrastructure

(Recasts with new impacts)

May 9 (Reuters) - Heavy Midwest rains sent flood waters along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, threatening the U.S. oil infrastructure from Memphis, Tennessee, to the Gulf of Mexico.

Alon USA Energy’s ALJ.N Krotz Springs, Louisiana, was bracing for flooding along a nearby river that could cut off some crude supply while Valero Energy Corp’s (VLO.N) 180,000 barrel-per-day plant in Memphis, Tennessee, closest to the worst flooding, expected to continue operating as the Mississippi approached a crest of 48 feet (14.6 meters).

Nearly 20 percent of barge terminals along the Ohio River were closed as of Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Trucks won’t be able to load petroleum products at the shut terminals.

In Louisiana, officials opened parts of the Bonnet Carre spillway near the refining hub of Norco, Louisiana, to channel Mississippi River water to Lake Pontchartrain. They were preparing to open the Morganza spillway later this week to send Mississippi flood waters down the Atchafalaya River.

Here is a list sites affected and threatened by flooding:

Shut Terminals: 20 percent shut along the Ohio River

Threatened Refineries (Owner, Location, Capacity):

Alon USA Energy ALJ.N, Krotz Springs, Louisiana: 80,000 bpd

* Chalmette Refining, Chalmette, Louisiana: 192,500 bpd

* ConocoPhillips (COP.N), Belle Chasse, Louisiana: 247,000 bpd

* Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N), Baton Rouge, Louisiana: 504,500 bpd, second-largest U.S. refinery

* Marathon Oil Corp (MRO.N), Garyville, Louisiana: 436,000 bpd

    * Motiva Enterprises, Convent, Louisiana: 235,000 bpd

    * Motiva Enterprises, Norco, Louisiana: 234,700 bpd

    * Murphy Oil Corp (MUR.N), Meraux, Louisiana: 120,000 bpd

    * Valero Energy Corp (VLO.N), Memphis, Tennessee: 180,000 bpd

    * Valero Energy Corp, St. Charles Louisiana: 185,000 bpd

    Threatened Pipelines: (Name, Owner, Length)

    Colonial Pipeline, Colonial Pipeline Co, 5,519 miles

    Southern Natural Gas, El Paso Corp, 8,000 miles (Reporting by Erwin Seba, Kristen Hays, Janet McGurty, Selam Gebrekidan; Editing by David Gregorio)

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