US Northeast refiners say ops normal despite storm

* Valero says no impact on NJ and Quebec refineries

* Hess says no production impact expected at Port Reading

* Western says no shutdowns planned at Virginia plant

By Haitham Haddadin

TORONTO, March 30 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. Northeastern refineries
said there was no impact to operations from a major rain storm
that pounded the region on Tuesday.

Leading U.S. refiner Valero Energy Corp (VLO.N: ) said there
was no effect on operations at its 195,000 barrel-per-day
refinery in Paulsboro, New Jersey. The storm also did not
affect its 265,000-bpd Jean Gaulin refinery in Quebec City in
Canada.

“There are no reports of production impacts at our
Paulsboro or Quebec refineries due to the weather,” Bill Day, a
spokesman, told Reuters.

Hess Corp (HES.N: ) said it anticipated no operational impact
at its 65,000-bpd refinery in Port Reading, New Jersey.

“No impact expected at our Hess refinery in Port Reading,
New Jersey,” a company spokesperson said.

Heavy rains and high winds slammed the Northeast Tuesday.
Floods hit many areas, and more floods were expected.
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“The weather will gradually improve from southwest to
northeast along the Northeast’s I-95 corridor tonight into
Wednesday as the storm that’s been inundating the region since
Monday starts to move away,” AccuWeather.com said.

“Before the rain ends, however, more rainfall records will
fall, while additional flooding ensues,” the private forecaster
added on its Web site.

Among other regional refiners, no production impact was
seen and no precautionary shutdowns are planned at Western
Refining’s 59,000-bpd refinery in Yorktown, Virginia, according
to Gary Hanson, a spokesman for the company.

Officials were not immediately available to comment from
Sunoco Inc (SUN.N: ) or ConocoPhillips (COP.N: ) on any effect on
output at their refineries in the region.

ConocoPhillips owns the 238,000-bpd Bayway refinery in
Linden, New Jersey and a 185,000-bpd complex in Trainer,
Pennsylvania and Sunoco has a 335,000 bpd refinery in
Philadelphia and a 178,000 bpd refinery in Marcus Hook,
Pennsylvania.

The storm will slowly exit eastward away from the Jersey,
Long Island and southeast Massachusetts coasts midweek,
according to forecaster Weather.com.

“Unfortunately, major and in some cases historic river
flooding will be left behind across southern New England,” it
added.

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(Reporting by Haitham Haddadin; Editing by David Gregorio)

US Northeast refiners say ops normal despite storm