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RE: XOM Shuts Crude PL ahead Flooding


Charles Randall

ExxonMobil shuts crude pipelines ahead of flooding
Houston, 13 May 2011 (XOM website News)  Oil major ExxonMobil’s US pipeline subsidiary shut three crude pipeline segments near its 500,000 b/d Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery as a precautionary measure before floodwaters inundate the lower Mississippi river watershed, a spokeswoman said.
The pipeline operator shut two 12-inch pipeline segments on its North Line system, north of Baton Rouge and a 16-inch pipeline on the Southwest Line system west of Anchorage, spokeswoman Patty Errico said. The flow capacities were not immediately available.
We are purging oil from these systems and backfilling with fresh water in areas that may be affected by high water, and we have ceased deliveries to destinations on the lines north and west of Anchorage, she said.
The pipeline segments will be shut until floodwaters subside and the company can safely inspect their integrity, she said.
Errico said the company continues normal operations at its other assets in Louisiana.
Besides ExxonMobil’s facility at Baton Rouge, other refineries connected to the shut pipelines include Alon USA’s 83,000 b/d Krotz Springs refinery, Calumet’s 58,000 b/d Shreveport refinery and Lion Oil’s 70,000 b/d El Dorado, Arkansas, according to ExxonMobil’s website.
Baton Rouge refinery spokeswoman Stephanie Cargile would not comment on operations at the facility.

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