HOUSTON, Sept. 2 (Reuters) – US oil and gas companies have struggled to operate offshore operations and Thursday’s hurricane Ida is expected to release emergency fuel supplies as damage increases.
Ida’s 150-mile (240 km) winds per hour directly hit the country’s energy infrastructure. About 80% of Mexico’s oil and gas production is offline as power companies struggle to complete air surveys and repatriate workers due to damage to coastal terminals and base stations.
A few companies, including BHP (BHP.AX) and Murphy Oil (MUR.N), took the first steps to resume marine production, but were in the minority. According to the US Department of Homeland Security, only 39 of the 288 forums released last week have hired new staff.
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Ports in the area were returning to normal, but some pipelines and oil refineries were closed due to power outages, shortages, or strong winds.
Idaho’s landlocked coastal logistics port, Porthon, Louisiana, was left without power and water and emergency roads were closed except for emergency vehicles.
“The area is completely destroyed,” said Tony Odak, general manager of Stone Oil, a major supplier of oil to the coastal industry. His company was moving some activities to western Louisiana as part of its recovery plan.
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Most of Louisiana’s ports, including Baton Rouge and the ports of New Orleans, opened to traffic on Thursday, the Coast Guard said. However, the downstream transmission line in the Mississippi River limits access to four refineries west of New Orleans.
Tanker Monitoring data and shipping sources indicate that more than two dozen oil tankers are scheduled to produce imported raw materials for Louisiana refineries or to export oil.
Seven refineries that produce gasoline and other motor fuels can be used for up to four weeks due to power and water shortages. The hurricane destroyed plants in southeastern Louisiana, which runs the Marathon Petroleum (MPC.N), Philips 66 (PSX.N), Valero Energy (VLO.N) and PBF Energy (PBF.N).
Michael Karlovich, a spokesman for the PFF, said: “190,000 barrels per day in Chalmete, Louisiana. , Sunday filter.
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Engineers who safely cross the storm before the storm will face the dangerous and covert task of burning huge heaters and pressure vessels used to produce fuel.
The U.S. coastal raw material accounts for about 16% of US daily production. As of Wednesday, 1.46 million barrels of daily production were offline, producing 1.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Additional report by Devika Krishna Kumar, Erwin Seba and Mariana Paraga; Writing by Gary McWilliams; Edited by Lisley Adler and Bill Bercott
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