ExxonMobil is shutting down units at its refinery in the U.S. due to record flooding in Louisiana that is forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate from their homes.
Exxon’s Baton Rouge refinery, the fourth largest refinery in the nation, has started to shut units due to the floods that are threatening an offsite liquefied petroleum gas storage facility, according to Fuel Fix. The plant can process 502,500 barrels of crude a day into gasoline, diesel, and other fuels.
Eighteen operable refineries that account for roughly 18 percent of U.S. capacity are located in Louisiana, according to data from Energy Information Administration.
Some refineries have announced they will staff their plants with only essential personnel due to flooding and road closures.
The Louisiana flooding that began last week has been blamed for at least nine deaths. More than 20,000 people have been rescued, and nearly half of the state’s parishes have declared disasters.