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LOOP suspends loading as storm approaches

20 Jun 2017 17:28 (+01:00 GMT)
LOOP suspends loading as storm approaches

Houston, 20 June (Argus) — Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) stopped unloading tankers early today as a storm approached the crude storage hub and ultra-large crude carrier (ULCC) unloading port.

Vessel offloading at the facility located about 20 miles off shore was halted at 2am ET today and would remain shut until the storm passed and conditions improved, the facility operator said.

Other LOOP assets continued to operate, including a network of storage caverns and above-ground storage and the Zydeco pipeline moving crude from Texas to Houma, Louisiana.

A storm system expected to develop into a tropical storm with heavy rain and high winds was moving toward the Louisiana coast today, prompting warnings from state and local governments from Louisiana to Alabama.

The storm would make landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday, according to the latest US National Hurricane Center track.