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10 refineries close as Harvey drenches Texas energy hub

Tropical Storm Harvey is tearing through one of the nation's most important energy hubs. Throughout the Gulf Coast, key refineries and production facilities have been forced to close.

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Rain and flooding are continuing to wreak havoc on Houston and the surrounding area, and the rain is forecast to continue through the week. The devastating storm’s full impact on the region’s oil and gas infrastructure won’t be known until coming days.

 Ten oil refinery plants in the Houston area and Corpus Christi are shutting down because of the storm, according to a report released Sunday by S&P Global Platts. They normally have the capacity to refine about 2 million barrels of oil a day.

That included Exxon Mobil (XOM)’s Baytown refinery, the second largest in the country. The campus, about 25 miles east of Houston, can process up to 584,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It employs about 7,000 people.

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Written by by Jill Disis, Matt Egan and Chris Isidore for CNN Money

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