Two months after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the hydrocarbon industry across the entire Gulf Coast, midstream operators and their equipment suppliers are starting to implement the lessons learned from the storm damage and recovery.

While refineries and chemical plants weathered the heavy rains and flooding surprisingly well, the midstream proved more difficult to secure. Some operations are being hardened but there are practical limits to how resistant the diffuse pipeline network can be made. Attention thus turns to reliability and recovery.

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