Tornado-stricken refinery to be operational by June
GARYVILLE - Marathon Petroleum Corporation said they expect the Garyville refinery impacted by a tornado on Wednesday to be back in full operation by mid-June.
Surveyors of the incident said the tornado in St. James Parish was likely an EF 1, touching down in the parking lot of the Marathon Petroleum refinery.
MPC said there was damage to a cooling water system that serves part of the refinery causing crude units to be taken off-line.
The corporation said they are projecting less than a 5 percent reduction to the company's throughput guidance for this quarter despite the damage.
"The exceptional response of Garyville's employees and contractors, along with the support of the local and state emergency responders, is greatly appreciated," stated President and CEO Gary R. Heminger. "The workforce is to be commended for their outstanding efforts during the initial response phase."