Citgo Petroleum Corp. asked the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to deliver 1 million barrels of crude to its Lake Charles, La., refinery. The facility remains one of two refineries operating within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lake Charles, Port Arthur and Houston/Galveston regions following hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
Crude delivery options have been severely curtailed following hurricanes Gustav and Ike, including the closures of the Sabine Pass and Calcasieu Ship Channel waterways.
Citgo’s request for SPR crude is an effort to alleviate potential U.S. fuel shortages.
“Citgo strictly adheres to its emergency and business continuity plans, maintaining operations in a safe manner,” said Alejandro Granado, Citgo chairman, president and CEO. “We are fortunate to have been able to maintain close to normal operations through hurricanes Gustav and Ike, helping to ensure continued fuel supplies for U.S. consumers”