Three million barrels of crude oil are moving to the refineries via the Sabine Neches Waterway at Port Arthur, which closed to vessel traffic after a Jan. 23 oil spill.
The refineries operated by Motiva Enterprises LLC, Exxon Mobil Corp., Valero Energy Corp. and Total SA each have received at least one crude vessel and will have at least 500,000 barrels of oil by mid-afternoon, Capt. Charles Tweedel, president of the Sabine Pilots, said in a telephone interview today.
Exxon was the first refinery to receive a crude shipment after the spill. The Eagle Otome, which was destined for that refinery when it collided with a barge, was moved up the waterway on Jan. 26 to discharge what was left of its cargo.
Exxon received a second shipment of crude oil this morning “and they stand to get another one possibly tomorrow,” Tweedel said.
Sanko Steamship Co. Ltd.’s Sanko Amity delivered a shipment of crude oil to the Valero refinery this morning.