Shell Midstream resumes ops on US Gulf Coast after Harvey

07 September 2017 15:56 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Shell Midstream Partners has returned "a large portion" of its US Gulf Coast assets to service after flooding and disruptions in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it said in an update issued late Wednesday.

The company said that the resumption of operations comes after "a comprehensive assessment of the asset integrity of each system" following the hurricane, which made landfall in Texas on 25 August.

All of Shell Midstream's Gulf of Mexico pipelines are operating as normal, it said. Two crude oil pipelines, Auger and Mars, had minor unplanned downtime due to the hurricane, while the company’s operations in the eastern Gulf of Mexico were not impacted, it said.

Meanwhile, Shell Midstream is assessing the Zydeco crude pipeline between Houston and Port Neches, which is expected to return to service later this week.

As for refined products systems, the Colonial Pipeline and portions of the Explorer Pipeline have been restored. Shell Midstream holds stakes in both pipelines.

The company’s refinery gas pipelines in Louisiana are operating as normal, while the Texas refinery gas lines are expected to return to service when the Shell refinery at Deer Park is operating, it said.

The company’s Lockport crude oil terminal southwest of Chicago is also operating normally, it added.

By Stefan Baumgarten