Processing Magazine

Storm disrupts Texas refineries

September 14, 2007

Oil prices rose recently as Hurricane Humberto disrupted refineries along the Gulf Coast, reports. Several Port Arthur refineries, including Valero Energy Corp.''s 325,000 barrel-per-day facility and Motiva Enterprises LLC''s 285,000 barrel-per-day refinery, were shut down because of a power outage due to the storm, The Associated Press reports. Irving-based Exxon Mobil Corp. said the storm went by its Beaumont refinery, but the impact was minor, a spokeswoman said. The refinery produces 349,000 barrels of petroleum products a day. Exxon Mobil''s Baton Rouge, La., and Baytown, Texas, refineries were not impacted.