September 7, 2017 / 10:02 PM / in a year

UPDATE 1-Buckeye readies Puerto Rico terminal restart after Irma leaves area

(Adds status of Bahamas and Florida infrastructure)

HOUSTON, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Buckeye Partners LP expects to resume limited operations at its Yabucoa oil terminal in Puerto Rico later on Thursday as Hurricane Irma leaves the area, but said power is still out in the region.

The U.S.-based midstream company, which had closed the 4.6-million-barrel terminal on Wednesday, said all employees are safe and accounted for after the storm.

“Our employees are working hard to restore the terminal and truck rack to normal operations,” it said in a statement.

Buckeye’s largest terminal, located in the Bahamas with capacity to store 26.2 million barrels of oil, as well as its Florida terminals and pipelines are also being monitored and prepared ahead of Irma.

The facilities were operating on Thursday, Buckeye said, but sources close to BORCO in Bahamas said it could close at the end of the day. (Reporting by Marianna Parraga; Editing by Leslie Adler and Lisa Shumaker)

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