September 5, 2017
While refineries are still struggling to restart following the destruction of Harvey, Hurricane Irma is bringing a new threat. The storm was upgraded to a Category 5 today as it hurdles towards the Caribbean islands, where it's expected to bring catastrophic destruction. Florida's governor has already declared a state of emergency and begun recommending evacuations in some areas. Mansfield has gone to Code Red for Florida, taking necessary precautions to keep customers supplied for the storm. Typically Mansfield reserves Code Red for the 24-hours before/after a major outage, but given extreme shortages throughout the region Code Red is a more appropriate depiction of supply.
September 4, 2017
The Colonial Pipeline remains offline west of Louisiana, missing the Sunday night target for restarting the Houston to Louisiana segment of the pipeline. Colonial's gasoline and diesel lines are up and running east of Louisiana, though not accepting product form Houston yet. Diesel shipments are running on a 7 day turn, better than previously expected. The next gasoline batch from Colonial is not due until Sept 10. The Plantation Pipeline, which also supplies the Southeast, is operational and running normally, but its capacity is significantly lower than that of Colonial.
September 1, 2017
Excerpt: More than 25 percent of U.S. refining capacity was offline, according to statistics released by Mansfield Oil on Thursday morning. That was an improvement from 30 percent being offline at the peak of the storm.
September 1, 2017
With Harvey now firmly past the Gulf Coast, all efforts now shift to recovery and disaster response. So far, no major damage has been reported at any refineries, though Motiva’s Port Arthur refinery, the largest refinery in the U.S., may be offline for two weeks or more. Approximately 4.1 MMbpd of refined production is still offline at this point. The Colonial Pipeline has clarified that operations continue east of Lake Charles, though at reduced rates. Operational shutdowns did occur between Houston, TX and Lake Charles, LA. Refineries in Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans continue to feed into the pipeline, supplying the Southeast; unfortunately, these refineries cannot pick up the slack from the 2.2 MMbpd coming offline due to outages at Baytown, Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Houston.
August 31, 2017
The lack of fuel product originating in east Texas has resulted in a slowdown in pipeline flow. The Colonial Pipeline was forced to shut down operations until more product can be originated into the pipeline. The shutdown brings us to Code Red for the Southeast U.S., including Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland. The diesel/jet fuel segment of the pipeline was shut down yesterday, and the pipeline announced the gasoline segment would be shutting down this morning.
August 30, 2017
Harvey has officially made final landfall just West of Cameron, Louisiana, and will continue to bring heavy rain and flooding into East Texas and West Louisiana. Houston is finally seeing lighter rainfalls, but the storm continues raging on in Port Arthur and Lake Charles.
August 29, 2017
Tropical Storm Harvey remains a named storm days after making landfall, a record for a Texas-bound hurricane. Rainfalls have surpassed 40 inches in some areas, and are on track to reach 50 inches before the end of the week. Harvey is currently over the Gulf of Mexico; current forecasts show the storm’s center making landfall just south of Lake Charles, LA. As of this morning, 3.95 MMbpd of refinery production has been taken offline, according to EnergyNewsToday, and further outages are likely. That represents 41% of Gulf Coast refining capacity, and roughly 22% of total U.S. production – a sobering amount. At this point, a full recovery of U.S. production will take weeks to bring back online, though some refineries will come back online as soon as this week.
Mansfield Shares Fuel Supply Insights with Bloomberg News After Hurricane Harvey Hits the Texas Coast
August 29, 2017
“I think everyone right now is playing it very conservatively,” said Andy Milton, Mansfield's SVP of Supply. “I don’t see Colonial stopping. There’s still a lot of product to pump.”
Mansfield tells FOX 5 that the state of Tropical Storm Harvey in the next 48 hours is crucial to fuel supply
August 28, 2017
Andy Milton, SVP of Supply at Mansfield, tells FOX 5 Atlanta that there been more pipeline shutdowns than expected, limiting access to available fuel supply pumping out of Texas. Consumers will likely see an increase in gas prices of about 10-20 cents while Tropical Storm Harvey remains active.
August 28, 2017
After making landfall on Friday, Harvey continues to ravage the Gulf Coast, with estimated rainfalls nearing 30 inches in some areas of Texas. Baytown, TX has experienced some of the heaviest rain, receiving 34.36 inches of rain as of this morning. From a fuel supply standpoint, the storm has significantly impacted short-term supply, though the effects on long-term supply conditions are yet to be seen.