Sixth District Energy Updates: Hurricanes Gustav & Ike

September 22, 2008

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Nine refineries in Texas and Louisiana, representing 13 percent of total U.S. refining capacity, remained shut down on Sunday.
Electrical outages continue to be a main obstacle for refineries in the Gulf.
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve continues to release crude oil to refineries on request.

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In Texas, electricity has been restored to about 1.5 million customers, leaving nearly 900,000, or 8 percent, of the states customers, without power as of Sunday morning.
About 11,000 customers, or 1 percent of Louisiana remains without electricity. Three thousand of these represent outages in low-lying areas, which have been inaccessible due to flooding since Hurricane Gustav.
Restoration estimates for some Louisiana areas are Sept. 27 for Terrebonne Parish and Oct. 1 for the Grand Isle and Lafitte areas of Jefferson Parish and Lafourche Parish.

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Oil and Gas Production
On Friday, the Minerals Management Service reported that nearly 89 percent of the oil production and 75 percent of natural gas production in the Gulf remained shut in, down from 100 percent and 95 percent, respectively, a week before.
Eight of the 39 natural gas processing plants in Ike’s path remain shut down.

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Pipelines and Waterways
Most of the waterways are now open, with some remaining restrictions on draft size and time of day.
Major crude pipelines originating in Texas and Louisiana that shut down operations in preparation for Hurricane Ike are now operating at reduced capacity as they await supplies from ports, stocks, and refineries.
Twenty-six major natural gas pipelines in the Gulf Coast area are reporting complete shut-ins or that portions of their systems are operating at reduced levels of gas flow because of Hurricane Ike.