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As Houston Recovers From Harvey, Getting Fuel Flowing Again Is a Slow Process

Written by Christopher M. Matthews at The Wall Street Journal

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Oil refineries here are starting to come back online as the epicenter of the U.S. energy industry begins to recover from Hurricane Harvey. But getting the fuel flowing again isn’t as easy as flipping a switch, and some key transport infrastructure remains down. When Harvey inundated the Texas coast last month, it closed about 25% of U.S. refining capacity. Six Gulf Coast refineries, accounting for 9% of U.S. refining capacity, remained closed as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Energy Department. Another five were in the process of restarting, and at least seven were running at reduced rates. Saudi Arabian Oil Co. said Tuesday it was in the initial phases of restarting its Motiva refinery, the country’s largest. But it said that the Port Arthur, Texas, facility, which can make 600,000 barrels of fuel a day, may be running at just 40% of capacity by the end of this weekend. And Exxon Mobil Corp. said over the weekend it was working toward restarting its Baytown refinery, the nation’s second-largest.

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Written by Christopher M. Matthews at The Wall Street Journal

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