(Reuters) - Canadian companies shut down some energy installationsahead of Earl which regained hurricane status as it lashed into the MaritimeProvinces Saturday, while U.S. energy operations were largely unscathed bythe storm.
Earl delivered heavy rain and gusty winds to parts of New England en routeto Canada, but the storm stayed mostly offshore and caused far less damage thanfeared on its path up the U.S. coast from North Carolina.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it still considered Earl a tropicalstorm with maximum wind speeds of 60 knots (70 mph).
* Imperial Oil Ltd said it was shutting down its 82,000 barrel aday Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, refinery before the onslaught of Earl, the firstfuel plant on the continent's East Coast to do so.
* Irving Oil said it was preparing for strong winds and rain at its 300,000bpd refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, and had taken the necessaryprecautions.
* ConocoPhillips said Friday it implemented hurricane responseplans at its 238,000 bpd refinery in Linden, New Jersey, and a 185,000 bpdrefinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, but operations remain unaffected.
* EnCana Corp said Friday it finished evacuating all staff fromits Deep Panuke prospect offshore Nova Scotia ahead of Earl. Drilling had beensuspended late Monday. [ID:nN0393499]
* On Thursday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said about 7percent of U.S. refining capacity could be affected by the storm. It said about1.1 million bpd of refining capacity lies in the likely affected area,including four in the Philadelphia area, one in New Jersey, and one inYorktown, Virginia.
The following is a list of refineries, nuclear stations, platforms and LNGterminals located on the Atlantic seaboard that may be affected by the storm:
COMPANY REFINERY CAPACITY (bpd) STATUS DATEConocoPhillips Trainer, PA 185,000 Preparing 9/3ConocoPhillips Linden, NJ 238,000 Preparing 9/3Hess Corp Port Reading, NJ 70,000 Monitoring 9/3Imperial Oil Dartmouth, NS 82,000 Shutting down 9/3Irving Oil Saint John, NB 300,000 Monitoring 9/2North Atlantic
Come by Chance, NL 115,000 Monitoring 9/2Sunoco Philadelphia 335,000 Preparing 9/2Sunoco Marcus Hook, PA 178,000 rain/wind 9/2Valero Paulsboro, NJ 195,000 Monitoring 9/2Western Yorktown, VA 66,300 Unaffected 9/3COMPANY NUCLEAR STATION OUTPUT (MW) STATUSProgress Energy Brunswick, NC 1,858 Monitoring 9/1Dominion Surry, VA 1,598 Monitoring 9/1COMPANY PROJECT OUTPUT STATUSEnCana Deep Panuke, NS N/A Drilling halt 8/30
Staff evacuated 9/3ExxonMobil Sable, NS 330 mmcfd Removing nonessential
staff 9/3COMPANY LNG TERMINAL CAPACITY(bcfd) STATUS Canaport Saint John, NB 1.2 No impact 9/4Owned by Repsol <REP.MC>/Irving OilEverett Boston, MA 1.04 Monitoring 9/3Owned by GDF Suez <GSZ.PA>Neptune off Gloucester, MA 0.75 Monitoring 9/3Owned by GDF SuezLINKS:
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