The Good News and Bad News on Refineries

A piece from OPIS today asks, "Just how long will badly damaged or flooded Louisiana and Mississippi refineries be down?"
There's no shortage of rhetoric on what needs to be done, how long it will take, and the obstacles to be overcome in restoring a sense of normalcy to Katrina-impacted refineries. But the commentary emanating from regulatory press offices or refinery PR spokespeople is muddied by sensitivity to the human elements and spin from those with a vested interest. With that in mind, OPIS staff talked to refining veterans who had dealt with significant storms that hit Gulf Coast plants in recent years.
Interesting summary piece.

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The major motors are usually elevated, but the switchgear is usually at ground level. If that was inundated it would have to be replaced.  

Any rotating machinery that was flooded would have to be disassembled and cleaned at the very least.  Running it dirty would wreck it.

Motors, compressors, control system, switchgear, cooling towers, and probably substation.  Weeks easily even if repairs are run 24/7.

The article talks about the problems with refineries being flooded for extensive periods of time. I would like to know which refineries, if any, are actually built in the New Orleans basin below sea level and are standing in flood waters at this moment? I am surprised that any are built that close to the city. Usually refineries are built some distance from housing.

If the refineries are not within the flooded area that was supposed to be protected by New Orleans' failed levees, then I wouldn't expect that they had any substantial period of standing water. Only refineries within the city flood basin itself, built below sea level, should have significant flood damage.

I could imagine that some refineries outside the city may not yet have been inspected, not because they are standing in flood waters but merely because of rescue operations keeping people out of the general area, along with road damage making the site inaccessible. The article made it sound like the refineries are actually flooded, though, and I wonder if that's accurate.

I believe they are talking about refineries close to the shore that were flooded by the storm surge, not by the levee break.  The ones more inland are probably the ones without damage that are restarting.

There are plenty of local low points in a refinery layout, and once flooded they would tend to stay flooded if the storm drains were inoperative.

I have seen photos of a couple of the refineries with standing water in them.  Also if you go to the site that we gave pre-Katrina that shows the map of the refineries around N.O. you can see the ones that are a problem they are listed here.
I'm sure this will have a huge impact this winter.
Have there been any reports of inspections or testing of the pipelines feeding the damaged refineries?