The U.S. Energy Information Administration provided its 11th update Thursday morning in on the impact of Harvey.

Here are some key takeaways:

  • There were 212,491 customer electricity outages ongoing.
  • Additional crude oil supply was shut down in the Gulf of Mexico.  Offshore shut-in resources account for 18.5 percent of the region’s production.
  • Onshore oil production continues to have approximately 300,000 – 500,000 barrels per day of production shut in.
  • As of 7 a.m. Thursday, 10 refineries in the Gulf Coast region were shut down.  This shut-down refining accounts for 31.7 percent of the region’s refining capacity and 16.6 percent of total U.S. refining capacity.
  • Six of the 10 shutdown refineries are in the process of restarting, but that could take several days or weeks, depending on the amount of damage.
  • Two additional refineries in the Gulf Coast region were operating at reduced rates. Those two have a capacity equal to 7.1 percent of Gulf Coast capacity and 3.7 percent of U.S. capacity.

As of Aug. 28, there were 22 oil-carrying vessels waiting off Texas Ports.

According to EIA, ports at Freeport, Galveston, Houston, Texas City, Berwick, and Morgan City were now open, but with restrictions.  The port at Corpus Christi is working to restore operations by Sept. 4.  In yesterday’s report, these were all closed.

Rail shipments of ethanol to the refineries for gasoline production are interrupted.  KCS Railway has embargoed its rail network in Texas affected by Harvey.  Union Pacific has track out of service in 18 of 28 Houston-area subdivisions, and was using alternate routes through Longview and Dallas.  BNSF said on Aug.29 that trains were unlikely to resume for an extended period.

An emergency declaration has allowed the EPA to temporarily ease environmental restrictions on the formulation of gasoline that normally reduce emissions.

The U.S. Secretary of Energy has authorized the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to draw down 500,000 barrels of oil to be delivered to the Phillips 66 Refinery.  

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