Mexico re-opens two petchem ports after Tropical Storm Arlene

01 July 2011 22:44  [Source: ICIS news]

MEXICO CITY (ICIS)--Mexico's Transportation and Communication Secretariat (SCT) re-opened the key oil and petrochemical ports of Altamira and Tampico in Tamaulipas state on Friday, as the region recovers from the passage of Tropical Storm Arlene.

The ports were closed on Wednesday ahead of Arlene's arrival.

Early on Thursday, the storm passed just north of the port of Tuxpan, near Pemex's Poza Rica facility in the state of Veracruz.

Nevertheless, Pemex reported no interruption at its onshore or offshore operations.

By Thursday afternoon, the secretariat had already re-opened the port of Tampico, which serves the nearby Madero refinery and is run by Pemex.

Furthermore, there were no reports of damage from any of the numerous petrochemical producers along Mexico's northeastern Gulf coastline.

The lumbering, but massive, storm did spark widespread flooding from the coastline all the way to Mexico City, the nation's mountainous inland capital.

Such storms are capable of disrupting key transportation routes due to flooding. However, any impact on the industry will only become apparent in the weeks ahead.

By: James Young

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