All bar four of Texas’ major refineries are at some stage of restarting in wake of Harvey

All but four of Texas’ major refineries are at some stage of restarting following shutdowns caused by the devastating passage of Hurricane Harvey, according to the Houston Chronicle.

More than a dozen refineries, which between them account for a quarter of the national fuel supply, had been forced to close.

Now most of those are at various stages of restarting. The complex at Corpus Christi, for example, is almost back to its pre-storm level of operations. That includes the Valero and the Flint Hills Resources facilities – both fully back online.

The installations struggling to get back to business are the ones that suffered worst damage or flooding during the deluge.

Total’s refinery at Port Arthur shut down after losing power because of Harvey. A spokesperson said it is too soon to talk restart as the damage has not been fully assessed.

ExxonMobil’s Beaumont refinery is in a similar position. It, too, was shut due to flooding.

Shell is still doing system checks at its Deer Park installation before it begins the restart.

And Phillips 66 is still checking and repairing equipment before it begins restarting its Sweeny refinery in Old Ocean, Texas.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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