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Exxon Shuts River Dock Operations at Baton Rouge Refinery

Exxon Mobil Corp. shut dock operations at its refinery in Baton Rouge as the Mississippi River rose, Kevin Allexon, a company spokesman said.

The refinery, located on the banks of the river, continues to operate and produce products, Allexon, who is based in Fairfax, Virginia said in an e-mail today.

“We have no plans to shut down the complex at this time,” Allexon said. “We will, of course, continue monitoring river conditions and will make operational adjustments as conditions require.”

For weeks, the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, swollen by heavy rain and melted snow, have been inundating cities and towns, flooding cropland and disrupting shipping.

The Baton Rouge plant, second-largest in the U.S. after Exxon’s refinery in Baytown, Texas, can process 525,000 barrels of oil a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The Baton Rouge refinery processes domestic crudes from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alaska, according to the company’s website. It also imports crude from Mexico, the North Sea, West Africa, South America, Central America and the Arabian Gulf.

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