September 12, 2017 / 5:43 PM / 6 months ago

FACTBOX-Oil companies in Caribbean, southeast U.S. begin restart after Irma

 (Adds details from Norfolk Southern)
    Sept 12 (Reuters) - Energy infrastructure companies in the Caribbean and southeastern United
States were beginning to restart on Tuesday after shutdowns due to Hurricane Irma.
    Irma was downgraded to a tropical depression on Monday and would likely dissipate Tuesday
evening, the National Hurricane Center said. 
    Buckeye Partners LP said it aims to resume normal operations its Bahamas crude oil
and fuel terminal, previously known as Borco, on Tuesday after Hurricane Irma rampaged through
the Caribbean as one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record.
    The terminal is Buckeye's largest and can store about 26.2 million barrels of oil, fuel oil,
gasoline and other products. Buckeye's terminals in Puerto Rico have returned to normal, a
spokesman told Reuters in an email.
    Norfolk Southern Corp said on Tuesday some rail routes closed by Irma were being
restored to service as it was safe to do so, and it has started to run trains accordingly. Even
so, the No. 4 U.S. railroad said regional flooding and power outages continue to curb operations
on its network in the U.S. Southeast.
    NuStar Energy said its Statia terminal in St. Eustatius sustained damage from Irma,
but no injuries or spills were reported. There was no restart projection yet, a spokesman said
on Monday, as damage assessments had to be put on hold as the company prepared for Hurricane
    Port Everglades, South Florida's main petroleum delivery hub, said the U.S. Coast Guard was
completing surveys of the navigation channels to help ships re-enter the port later on Tuesday
morning. Of the 12 petroleum terminals supplying transportation fuels, five were up and
delivering fuel to retail stations and five additional terminals were expected to come online by
    Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record before it arrived in the United
States, killed 43 people in its rampage through the Caribbean and at least 11 in Florida,
Georgia and South Carolina.
 COMPANY         LOCATION      ACTION                 FULL STORY
 Norfolk         U.S.           Opened origin                     
 Southern Corp   Southeast     facility gates for     
                               shipments destined to  
                               Charleston, South      
                               Carolina, though       
                               gates remained closed  
                               to traffic destined    
                               for Jacksonville,      
                               Savannah-Garden City   
                               in Georgia, and        
                               Florida East Coast     
                               Railway locations      
 COMPANY         LOCATION      ACTION                 FULL STORY
 Buckeye         Puerto Rico   Terminal facilities                
 Partners                      in Puerto Rico have    
                               returned to normal     
 Buckeye         Freeport,     Targets normal                     
 Partners        Grand Bahama  operations at Bahamas  
                 Island        oil, fuel terminal on  
 Statoil         Grand Bahama  South Riding Point                 
                 Island        storage and            
                               terminal to shut       
                               operations on          
 NuStar          St.           Statia terminal                    
                 Eustatius     suffered damage to     
                               several tanks and      
                               other equipment due    
                               to Hurricane Irma.     
                               All employees safe,    
                               no oil spills have     
                               been registered        
 Limetree Bay    St. Croix,    Hovensa terminal       
 Terminals       U.S. Virgin   shuttered due to       
                 Islands       storm, traders said    
 American        Brunswick,    Shut down around noon  
 Midstream       Georgia       on Friday and          
 Brunswick                     evacuated employees    
 Odfjell         Charleston,   Continuing             
 Terminal        South         operations,            
                 Carolina      monitoring the status  
                               of storm               
 Port            Hollywood,    Coast Guard working                
 Everglades      Florida       on re-entry of ships;  
                               5 petroleum cos        
                               transportation fuel    
                               up and running         
 COMPANY         LOCATION      ACTION                 FULL STORY
 Shell           Eastern Gulf  Reduced staff at its               
                 of Mexico     eastern Gulf of        
                               Mexico assets as a     
                               precautionary measure  
 BP              Thunder       Non-essential                      
                 Horse         personnel evacuated    
                 platform      from platform and      
                               associated drill ship  
                               West Vela              
 (Reporting by Devika Krishna Kumar, Julia Simon and Jessica Resnick-Ault in New York and
Marianna Parraga in Houston; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Chris Reese)
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