HOUSTON, Sep. 20 (Reuters / EP) –
The storm 'Imelda' has hit on Thursday the energy infrastructure on the US coast of the Gulf of Mexico, which has forced a large refinery to stop production, a key pipeline has been closed, as well as terminals and a ship channel in Texas, according to sources familiar with the operations.
Torrential rains have flooded the Gulf of Mexico coast from Houston to western Louisiana for the second day in a row. The National Hurricane Center predicted that the storm could fall as much as 102 centimeters of rain on the southeast coast of Texas until Thursday night.
Among other facilities, Exxon Mobil Corp has closed some units of its Beaumont refinery of 369,024 barrels per day (bpd), but was able to maintain production at minimum levels in others, according to three sources familiar with the operations of the plant.
Spokesman Jeremy Eikenberry has claimed that Exxon's Beaumont refinery “continues to operate,” but has refused to give details about production levels.
Other refineries in southeast Texas have also reduced their production.