U.S. refineries resume operations in Mexico after Harvey

U.S. refineries have gradually resumed operations in Mexico after Hurricane Harvey forced a shut down two weeks ago to avoid the risk of fires and explosions at plants that could delay the restart of fuel supplies.

The plants normally shut down just a few units for spring and autumn evaluations. Most of the refining units will remain operative for 4 to 6 years, between closures for full maintenance.

Six refineries are currently being reactivated in the Gulf of Mexico, according to their owners, some of the after dealing with floods that filled their facilities several feet of water.

Some difficulties arose, as sources in the market told Reuters on Monday that Total’s refinery at Port Arthur could be closed during the coming weeks after tropical storm Harvey caused the closure of a key pipeline.

Three of the five Valero refineries in the Gulf were closed due to Harvey. The storm caused several unplanned shutdowns, closing refineries with capacity to process around 4.4 million barrels of crude per day, around a fourth of the U.S. capacity to produce gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.

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