Hurricane Ike has disturbed operations
Diversified energy logistics company Teppco Partners has announced that initial aerial and ground inspections of its Gulf Coast facilities indicate no major visible damage at most of its facilities following Hurricane Ike.
The company remarks that loss of commercial power remains the most significant challenge to resuming normal operations. In addition, the partnership's headquarters in Houston did not sustain any noteworthy effects from the storm.
Teppco's marine dock at Freeport, Texas, the origination point for the 30-inch diameter Seaway crude oil pipeline to Cushing, Oklahoma, sustained minimal impact and is currently operating on generator power. The partnership's nearby Jones Creek storage terminal was not damaged and is presently operating on purchased power. Pending the results of more detailed inspection of the tanks and infrastructure, the Seaway pipeline is expected to return to operation as early as Monday 15 September and will be ready to accommodate crude oil vessels as soon as the port reopens.
In Texas City, Texas, high water damaged electrical equipment at Teppco's dock facilities, while the tank farm and pump station were not substantially affected. The Texas City facilities are awaiting the restoration of commercial power.
Teppco's refined products terminals in Baytown and Beaumont, Texas, experienced no significant damage from Hurricane Ike, but are currently without electricity, causing service to be interrupted on the 20-inch and 14-inch products pipelines. Pending the restoration of commercial power, Teppco is installing generators that will help expedite the flow of products, including petrol and diesel.
The Chaparral pipeline, which delivers natural gas liquids to the fractionation and storage complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas, is operational.
Teppco midstream network is comprised of approximately 12,500 miles of pipelines that gather and transport refined petroleum products, crude oil, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs) and natural gas liquids, including one of the largest common carrier pipelines for refined petroleum products and LPGs in the US.
Teppco's storage assets include approximately 27 million barrels of capacity for refined petroleum products and LPGs and about 14 million barrels of capacity for crude oil.