(Reuters) - Oil terminals, refineries, pipelines and nuclear power plants from the Bahamas to Rhode Island braced for Hurricane Irene on Thursday.
The major Category 3 storm with winds of 115 mph (185 kph) roared through the Bahamas on a path expected to take it up the U.S. East Coast by the weekend.
Unlike a storm in the Gulf of Mexico, an East Coast storm does not threaten significant U.S. crude oil and natural gas production.
The Department of Energy calls the refining region PADD 1. It is the second smallest of the five U.S. refining regions, with most of its fuel being supplied by pipeline from the Gulf Coast or tanker ship from Europe. But there are six refineries and numerous storage and shipping terminals on or near the coast.
There also are six nuclear plants on or very near the East Coast, and operators were preparing them for a possible visit by Irene in the next few days.
* PBF Energy said it was preparing for storm conditions at its 182,200 bpd Delaware City, Delaware, refinery, and its 160,000 bpd Paulsboro, New Jersey, refinery.
* ConocoPhillips said it was monitoring the storm as a precaution for its 238,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Bayway refinery at Linden, New Jersey.
* Sunoco Inc said its Marcus Hook, Pa, refinery, 194,000 bpd, and its Philadelphia refinery, 355,000 bpd, were “monitoring the storm closely and have begun taking steps.”
* Progress Energy said it was preparing its Brunswick nuclear power plant on the coast at Southport, North Carolina. Two reactors, 900-plus megawatts each.
* Public Service Enterprise Group said it would shut down Salem and Hope Creek plants in New Jersey near Wilmington, Delaware, before hurricane winds arrive. Salem is a two-reactor, 2,300-megawatt facility. Hope Creek is a single-reactor, 1,061-megawatt plant.
* The U.S. Coast Guard said decisions whether to limit or stop New York Harbour traffic depending on the storm’s path, no restrictions yet.
* Buckeye Partners said its 21.6-million-barrel storage facility in the Bahamas escaped damage as Irene passed, but monitoring conditions before restarting operations.
* Statoil also planned shutdown of its 6.75 million-barrel storage facility at South Riding Point on Grand Bahama Island.
* Sunoco Inc said it was “monitoring the storm closely” and “taking steps under our hurricane preparedness plan” to ready terminals at Newark, NJ, and areas under threat from Irene.
* El Paso Corp said its Tennessee Gas Pipeline unit notified customers it anticipated limited flexibility to manage imbalances if Irene impacts areas it serves on the East Coast.
* GDF Suez said its Everett, Massachusetts, liquefied natural gas import terminal has backup power and no ship arrivals scheduled during period Irene is a threat.
Capacity in Padd 1 totals 1.7 million bpd, most on or near coast.
Company Location Capacity (bpd)
ConocoPhillips Trainer, Pa 190,000
Hess Corp Port Reading, NJ 70,000
Total products demand is 5.4 million bpd, most met by imports or pipelines
Company Carries Capacity (bpd)
Colonial Petroleum prods n/a
Plantation Petroleum prods n/a
Transco Natural gas n/a
Columbia Natural gas n/a
Company Facility Location Capacity (MW)
Dominion Surry Newport News, Va 1,598
Exelon Oyster Creek Toms River, NJ 645
Entergy Indian Point north of New York 2,069
Entergy Pilgrim Plymouth, Mass 688
Dominion Cove Point terminal Lusby, Md
COAL EXPORT TERMINALS (Chesapeake Bay)
Location Capacity (annual)
CONSOL Energy 12 million short tons
Virginia (Hampton Roads)
Pier IX 14
Lambert’s Point 30
Capacity in PADD 1 totals 61 million barrels of crude oil, petroleum products and other liquids. There are 34.3 million barrels of crude oil storage, 17.3 million barrels of petroleum products including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, and 12.3 million barrels of other liquids such as propane, butane, ethanol and gasoline blending components. Includes these sites:
Company Location Product Capacity (bbls)
Western Yorktown, Va petroleum n/a
Enterprise Providence, R.I. propane n/a
Kinder Morgan Carteret, N.J. petroleum 7,200,000
Kinder Morgan Perth Amboy, N.J. petroleum 3,500,000
Kinder Morgan Staten Isl, N.Y. petroleum 2,959,700
Motiva Sewaren, N.J. petroleum n/a
First Reserve Woodbridge, N.J. petroleum n/a
Compiled by Bruce Nichols; reporting by Bruce Nichols, Janet McGurty, Kristen Hays, Eileen Moustakis, Eileen O'Grady and Selam Gebrekidan; Editing by Marguerita Choy