DOE releases update on energy sector impacts of Harvey and Irma

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Energy today released a new event summary on the impacts of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

Widespread electrical outages continue, but more refineries are in operation, although at reduced capacity, and more ports are opening.

As of 07:00 AM EDT, September 12, four refineries in the Gulf Coast region were shut down, according to public reports. These refineries have a combined refining capacity of 734,300 b/d, equal to 7.6% of total Gulf Coast (PADD 3) refining capacity and 4.0% of total U.S. refining capacity.

Six refineries are in the process of restarting after being shut down. This process may take several days or weeks to start producing product, depending whether any damage is found during restart. Production should be assumed to be minimal until restart is completed. These refineries have a combined capacity 1,919,399 b/d, equal to 19.8% of total Gulf Coast (PADD 3) refining capacity and 10.4% of total U.S. refining capacity

At least five refineries in the Gulf Coast region were operating at reduced rates, according to public reports. These refineries have a combined total capacity of 1,724,500 b/d, equal to 17.8% of total Gulf Coast (PADD 3) refining capacity and 9.3% of total U.S. refining capacity. (NOTE: Actual crude throughput (production) reductions are lower than the total combined capacity).

In the U.S. Gulf Coast region, eleven ports are closed or open with restrictions. In the U.S. Southeast and Caribbean, ports in eight port sectors are either closed or open with restrictions.

Read the DOE report HERE

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