US Marathon resumes normal operations at Louisiana refinery

04 September 2012 16:41  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US Marathon Petroleum’s Garyville refinery in Louisiana has resumed normal operations after running at reduced rates in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.

Marathon’s communication manager Shane Pochard declined to comment further on the refinery’s operations.

The 490,000 bbl/day refinery did not have any significant damage from the hurricane, but had been operating at reduced rates until normal crude supply logistics returned.

Shell and Motiva said they are in the process of safely restarting their manufacturing and distribution operations in the Gulf coast.

Shell’s Norco refinery in Louisiana has begun the restart process on some units, while Motiva’s Geismar and Convent refineries, both in Louisiana, continue their respective start-up processes.

Additionally, Shell’s Capline pipeline and Ho-Ho pipeline have restarted, and sections of the offshore Gulf pipeline network have restarted with remaining sections expected to come on line over the next few days, the company said.

Meanwhile, Shell’s Mobile refinery in Alabama continues to operate at reduced rates.

Phillips 66 said its 247,000 bbl/day Alliance refinery in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, remains shut down and is without power as of 2 September.

Most of the floodwater has been cleared from the refinery and the restart process will begin once electricity has been restored, the company said. 

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By: Anna Matherne

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