Big Oil on Gulf storm watch as Hermine gains strengthCanada
HOUSTON - BP PLC, the largest oil producer in U.S.-regulated areas of the Gulf of Mexico, and Shell Oil Co. said yesterday that Tropical Storm Hermine was not affecting their offshore operations.
Hermine, which formed early yesterday morning, was churning toward landfall by late yesterday near the Mexico-Texas border.
Hermine was forecast to take a path between both U.S. and Mexican major offshore oil and natural-gas production areas.
For the United States, the Gulf of Mexico's offshore oil patch provides 30% of national crude output and 11% of the country's natural-gas production. Oil companies were carefully monitoring Hermine yesterday.
"It's not impacting any of our operations," BP spokesman Neil Chapman said.
Shell said operations and staffing at its offshore facilities were unaffected by the storm.
Valero Energy Corp. said production at its 315,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Corpus Christi, Tex., refinery was at planned levels, but the plant was preparing for possible rough weather from Hermine.
Flint Hills Resources LP and Citgo Petroleum Corp. also operate refineries in Corpus Christi, which the U.S. National Hurricane Centre said faces a 70% chance of tropical storm-force winds from Hermine.
No cutbacks in oil and natural-gas production had been announced by U.S. companies late yesteday.
Pemex, Mexico's state-run oil company, said there were no reports of damage to its facilities in or near the Gulf of Mexico due to Hermine.
Hermine is also expected to pass south of three refineries in Corpus Christi.
The U.S. National Hurricane Centre has said Hermine could approach hurricane strength by the time it makes landfall.
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