Ten crude refineries around Houston and Corpus Christi in Texas are closed in the wake of torrential rains, and devastating flooding brought about by Hurricane Harvey during the weekend. The shut refineries normally have a daily capacity of nearly two million barrels of crude, according to a report by S&P Global Platts. There are dozens of refineries

along the US Gulf Coast as well as other plants turning oil into gas, diesel, and other petrochemicals. Nearly one-third of the nation’s energy capacity is centralized in the region. Royal Dutch Shell closed its Deer Park refinery in southeastern Houston. It is one of the biggest in the US with a capacity of 340,000 barrels per day (bpd). Exxon Mobil’s Baytown refinery, the second largest in the country, processing 560,000 bpd, was shut as well. READ MORE