Factbox: Canadian energy companies bear Earl’s brunt

(BestGrowthStock) – Canadian companies shut down some energy installations ahead of Earl which regained hurricane status as it lashed into the Maritime Provinces on Saturday, while U.S. energy operations were largely unscathed by the storm.

Earl delivered heavy rain and gusty winds to parts of New England en route to Canada, but the storm stayed mostly offshore and caused far less damage than feared on its path up the U.S. coast from North Carolina.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it still considered Earl a tropical storm with maximum wind speeds of 60 knots.

* Imperial Oil Ltd said it was shutting down its 82,000 barrel a day Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, refinery before the onslaught of Earl, the first fuel plant on the continent’s East Coast to do so. A company spokesman said on Saturday the company was unlikely to update the refinery’s status until Tuesday.

* Irving Oil said it was preparing for strong winds and rain at its 300,000 bpd refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, and had taken the necessary precautions.

* ConocoPhillips said Friday it implemented hurricane response plans at its 238,000 bpd refinery in Linden, New Jersey, and a 185,000 bpd refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, but operations remain unaffected.

* EnCana Corp said Friday it finished evacuating all staff from its Deep Panuke prospect offshore Nova Scotia ahead of Earl. Drilling had been suspended late Monday. On Saturday, a company spokeswoman said she would have a better idea later in the day when operations would resume.

* Western Refining Inc said Friday that operations were normal at its 66,300 bpd refinery in Yorktown, Virginia, after Hurricane Earl passed through region.

* On Thursday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said about 7 percent of U.S. refining capacity could be affected by the storm. It said about 1.1 million bpd of refining capacity lies in the likely affected area, including four in the Philadelphia area, one in New Jersey, and one in Yorktown, Virginia.

* On Saturday, Sunoco said there was no impact to its two Philadelphia refineries.

The following is a list of refineries, nuclear stations, platforms and LNG terminals located on the Atlantic seaboard that may be affected by the storm:

COMPANY REFINERY CAPACITY (bpd) STATUS DATE ConocoPhillips Trainer, PA 185,000 Preparing 9/3 ConocoPhillips Linden, NJ 238,000 Preparing 9/3 Hess Corp Port Reading, NJ 70,000 Monitoring 9/3 Imperial Oil Dartmouth, NS 82,000 Shutting down 9/3 Irving Oil Saint John, NB 300,000 Monitoring 9/2 North Atlantic Come by Chance, NL 115,000 Monitoring 9/2 Sunoco Philadelphia 335,000 Preparing 9/2 Sunoco Marcus Hook, PA 178,000 rain/wind 9/2 Valero Paulsboro, NJ 195,000 Monitoring 9/2 Western Yorktown, VA 66,300 Unaffected 9/3

COMPANY NUCLEAR STATION OUTPUT (MW) STATUS Progress Energy Brunswick, NC 1,858 Monitoring 9/1 Dominion Surry, VA 1,598 Monitoring 9/1

COMPANY PROJECT OUTPUT STATUS EnCana Deep Panuke, NS N/A Drilling halt 8/30

Staff evacuated 9/3 ExxonMobil Sable, NS 330 mmcfd Removing nonessential

staff 9/3


Canaport Saint John, NB 1.2 No impact 9/4 Owned by Repsol/Irving Oil Everett Boston, MA 1.04 Monitoring 9/3 Owned by GDF Suez Neptune off Gloucester, MA 0.75 Monitoring 9/3 Owned by GDF Suez

(Reporting by Janet McGurty in New York; additional reporting by Edward McAllister, Eileen Moustakis and Joe Silha in New York, Jeffrey Jones in Calgary, Eileen O’Grady in Houston and Tom Doggett in Washington; editing by Marguerita Choy and Mohammad Zargham)

Factbox: Canadian energy companies bear Earl’s brunt