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FACTBOX-Hurricane Sandy shuts US East Coast refineries, pipelines

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:05 GMT
Author: Reuters
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Oct 30 (Reuters) - More than two-thirds of the U.S. East Coast's refining capacity was shut down and fuel pipelines idled due to Hurricane Sandy. Early assessments show the region's biggest plants may have escaped without major damage. Hurricane Irene, which hit the region in August 2011, caused severe flooding and power outages along the East Coast and some refinery disruptions. Phillips 66 closed its Bayway refinery, while other refiners cut rates, but the oil industry escaped Irene with little damage. Below is a list of refineries, fuel pipelines and ports impacted by the storm: COMPANY PLANT CAPACITY STATUS PBF Energy Delaware City, 190,000 bpd Reduced rates.* Cut rates on Delaware crude unit, coker, fluid catalytic cracker, downstream units.** Genscape reported some elevated flaring overnight PBF Energy Paulsboro, New 180,000 bpd Reduced rates*, shut down** Jersey Hess Corp Port Reading, New 70,000 bpd Shut down* Jersey Philadelphia Energy Philadelphia, 330,000 bpd May try to restart some shut Solutions Pennsylvania units on Tuesday ** Monroe Energy Trainer, 185,000 bpd Operated throughout storm, Pennsylvania plant may be back at full rates next week after major maintenance already under way is completed** Phillips 66 Linden, New Jersey 238,000 bpd Shut down, hit by power failure* Source: *Company officials or government filings. **Sources familiar with operations. PIPELINES, PORTS Colonial Pipeline, the main product pipeline connecting the Gulf Coast to the East Coast, shut Line 3, which runs from North Carolina to New Jersey, on Monday evening ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. There was no damage to any Colonial pipelines, but closures by customers in the New York and Philadelphia markets made the move necessary. * NuStar Energy LP had already shut three terminals along the Eastern Seaboard from Virginia to New Jersey and was to close four others in the region by Monday afternoon. * Magellan Midstream Partners LP has suspended operations at its Wilmington, Delaware, and New Haven, Connecticut, terminals. Operations at its Richmond, Virginia, terminal remain normal. * The Coast Guard said all major ports along the Northeast coast were shut and there was no estimate yet for when they would restart. (Reporting by Janet McGurty and Edward McAllister in New York; Editing by Dale Hudson, Gary Crosse, Bob Burgdorfer Tim Dobbyn and Andre Grenon)

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