US Propane-Third Quarter 2005: Storms roil supply, markets

The third quarter began normally and unremarkably in July, but in August and September nearly everything imaginable occurred that might limit propane production from US gas plants and refineries.The months will be remembered for the damage caused by back-to-back major hurricanes, Katrina and Rita. After Hurricane Ivan in late September 2004, damage to Gulf of Mexico subsea pipelines, production platforms, and onshore processing facilities required 6 weeks to restore 80% of shut-in production and 10 weeks to restore 90% of shut in production.Katrina and Rita were stronger storms and caused more damage to gulf natural gas systems and onshore processing facilities. Furthermore, Katrina and R...

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