Power restored to PBF Chalmette, Louisiana refinery – sources

HOUSTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Power was restored to PBF Energy’s (PBF.N) 190,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery in Chalmette, Louisiana on Thursday evening for the first time since Sunday, reports said. said sources close to the plant’s operations. .

PBF could begin restarting refinery units over the weekend, the sources said, but the process is expected to be slow as power supply will be reduced due to damage to the power grid from Hurricane Ida.

A PBF spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

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The Chalmette refinery was knocked out by a power outage on Sunday as Hurricane Ida swept through the New Orleans area. PBF had cut production on Friday.

PBF is the second refinery to begin restarting after being knocked out by the hurricane, which was one of the strongest to hit Louisiana.

Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) began restarting its refinery in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday, Exxon spokeswoman Julie King said on Tuesday.

The US Department of Energy on Thursday authorized the release of 1.5 million barrels of crude oil from the National Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to the Baton Rouge refinery. Read more

On Thursday, King said that because of the transportation disruptions, Exxon had requested crude from the SPR for the refinery, which is restarting as utilities are restored.

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Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Shounak Dasgupta

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