NEW YORK, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Refiner Motiva has warned customers along the route of the largest U.S. fuel pipeline to prepare for shortages after Hurricane Harvey shut refineries and cut supply to the line, said a source at a fuel distributor supplied by Motiva.
Motiva did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Harvey shut refineries that can process up to 4.4 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude. The plants shut down include Motiva’s 603,000 bpd plant in Port Arthur, Texas, the largest refinery in the country.
The reduction in fuel supplies has forced the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies fuel from refineries near the Gulf of Mexico to the U.S. Northeast, to reduce supplies. Motiva warned customers near the areas supplied by the pipeline to brace for shortages, the source said. (Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw; Writing by Simon Webb)