14 September 2008 21:51 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (ICIS news)--US Energy Department officials said on Sunday they expect minor to moderate damage at refineries and petrochemical plants in Texas due to Hurricane Ike, but they emphasised there were no reports of major disruptions to the sector.
Kevin Kolevar, Energy Department assistant secretary, told a press conference that “as to refineries in ?xml:namespace>
However, he said that in
“We are working with the energy sector all along the Gulf, and our immediate attention is to energy and power restoration,” Kolevar said.
He said that although virtually all
Kolevar said he could not confirm reports from the
“It is just too early to tell,” Kolevar said. “Reports are coming in even as we speak.”
“Given the severity of the storm, though, we expect to see at least minor damage to production facilities,” he said.
“No one should be surprised to learn of minor to moderate damage at these facilities,” he said, referring to chemical plants and refineries in
“If the damage is minor, the large issue is power restoration” for chemical, refining and other critical production assets in
“We will have 6,000 additional linemen arriving in
“The federal government is using every tool at its disposal to aid in the restoration of the energy sector,” Kolevar said.
He reported that federal officials have already released an unspecified amount of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to three energy companies, including
“Right now, we do not appear to have a crude supply issue in the Gulf,” Kolevar said. “Vessels are lined up waiting to offload.”
“There doesn’t seem to be a crude situation right now, but the Energy Department is ready to react as soon as needed.”
Kolevar also said that the Colonial Pipeline, which originates in
He said the Plantation Pipeline, which feeds some 26m gal/day of refined products to several southern states and to
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