Hurricane Sally arrived, last Tuesday (15), on the North American Gulf Coast. The phenomenon, in addition to causing flooding with heavy rains in several states, also disrupted more than a quarter of U.S. P&G production and key ports for the country's exports were closed.
According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, nearly 500,000 bpd of oil production and 28 percent of natural gas production were halted in the U.S. portion of the Gulf of Mexico. Phillips 66, for example, closed its Alliance refinery, which processes 255,600 bpd, while Shell reduced production to minimum levels at its Norco, Louisiana plant, which refines 227,400 bpd.
According to the National Hurricane Center of the U.S., the hurricane is expected to cause severe flooding, on Wednesday (16), from Mississippi to Florida. In addition, Sally's trajectory goes through the country's main offshore production areas, except for some large Gulf Coast refineries.