Recovery after a storm takes many forms. From manufacturing getting back online to stock prices recovering after the damage is clear, the economic scope of recovery can be quite vast. Gasoline manufacturers have begun to recover and other energy plants are in various stages of resuming operations – and none too soon, since more weather is on the way, set to leave a damage trail that could test more manufacturing in the southern United States.
Gasoline and diesel are piping through Houston-area channels as refineries are struggling to come back online. Much of the nation’s jet fuel, gasoline and diesel come from this area. Full production is expected to take a few more weeks. Experts believe as much as 19% of daily refining capacity in the United States is currently offline. As a result, the Energy Department released 5.3 million barrels of crude from the nation’s strategic reserves to jumpstart the process.
With other storms moving rapidly across the Atlantic Ocean, expect the rollercoaster to continue for the fuels industry. Oil production and refineries can expect to be impacted yet again. Now is the time to assess critical processes such as mixing standards and heating capacity so as to make the most of the recovery process. Reconsider what kind of equipment you can introduce to the factory floor. Get rid of the legacy equipment that may be damaged now anyway, and consider how a Komax static mixer or direct injection steam heater might help not only get the refinery back on the right track, but producing in ways that it never was capable of before! Consult Komax to help get the most out of every part of your processes.