Refineries in eastern Texas and Louisiana are closing or scaling back operations as an intensifying Hurricane Laura barrels toward the United States.
Motiva Enterprises was reportedly shutting down its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, which includes the nation’s largest base oil plant, while Phillips 66 confirmed the closing of its Lake Charles, Louisiana, refinery, which supplies feedstock to the adjacent Excel Paralubes base oil joint venture. Both facilities are near the Texas-Louisiana border, where Laura was tracking to make landfall.
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Together those base oil plants have capacity to produce more than 60,000 barrels per day of mostly API Group II base oils. Elsewhere ExxonMobil said it had scaled back operations at its Beaumont, Texas, refining complex, which includes a polyalphaolefin plant and a finished lubricant blending facility. Calumet was throttling back operations at its plant in Shreveport, Louisiana, which produces Group I, Group II and naphthenic base stocks.