ExxonMobil, the international publicly traded oil and gas mammoth, is at the ready to restart its much-awaited oil refinery project in Baytown, Texas – the one that had reportedly witnessed a temporary closure post the heavy flooding caused by the tropical storm Harvey which led to operational disputes. Exxon would resume the venture with an initial production capacity of 560500 bpd (barrel per day), cite reliable sources. Reportedly, Exxon had been preparing hard to recommence the plant operations as soon as possible but the scheduled date remained undisclosed for a while. Merely a couple of days earlier, the American oil & gas conglomerate had officially announced the project recommencement. Undoubtedly, restarting this operation in Baytown’s refinery project once again reinforces ExxonMobil’s position in the regional oil & gas industry.
The Baytown refinery facility by Exxon is claimed to be the second largest refinery in the United States, trailed by the Saudi Aramco facility located at Port Arthur, Texas. Reportedly, Baytown had a production capacity of almost 584000 barrels per day. Encompassing an area of 3400 acres, this Houston Ship channel refinery currently employs around 7000 people. The flooding had interrupted almost 16% of the U.S. refining capacity which led to a loss of 785000 gallons of gas per day. Baytown is one of the ten oil refineries along the Gulf coast at Texas, that had been knocked offline by the monstrous rainfall resulting from Harvey.
Speaking of Baytown’s refinery closure, ExxonMobil accepted that Harvey had damaged two refineries, which prompted the emission of hazardous effluent from the plant area. As per a prior report filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Exxon claimed that the air emission linked with the damage will be resolved soon. The announcement of restarting the project undeniably reflects the petroleum giant’s commitment toward the consumers.
The shutdown of Houston Ship Channel has not only led to an obstruction in the ingress of waterborne crude shipments, but has also blocked the export of refined products to the Gulf of Mexico through waterway. Though it has been reported that Exxon has been working strenuously to replenish fuel supplies and reestablish normal operations as quickly and safely as possible, the full line operation of the Baytown refinery would still require some time, pertaining to the fact it highly depends on the accessibility of transportation infrastructure.
However, Exxon has already started the initiative in developing the Port of Houston and synchronizing with rail roads to accelerate vessels through the Houston Ship Channel. The recommencement of Baytown’s project within the claimed period not only reflects the U.S. petroleum giant’s punctuality and commitment, but also garners enough substantiations toward their focus on worker safety and global health.
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