August 31, 2017
Houston, Galveston Ports Reopen; Refinery Restart Could Be 2 Weeks
The Port of Houston is expected to reopen Friday, clearing a path for refineries that have been shut down to power up again.
The Port of Galveston is also expected to start getting back to normal Friday.
It's been a week since the ports closed in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey.
Houston port officials said Thursday an inspection indicates no obstruction to ships, no damage to containers, equipment or flooding of terminals.
Upper portions of the Houston Ship Channel will remain closed for a while, officials say.
Refinery operators have expressed concern about when to begin restarting because of a need for shipping systems to be in place to accept refined product.
Meanwhile, CNBC reports the nation's largest refinery is undergoing safety assessments and may be closed for as long as two weeks.
Motiva Enterprises closed its Port Arthur refinery Wednesday and could be closed for up to two weeks depending on length of inspections and repair of any damages after Hurricane Harvey.
By Mike Shiloh
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