OMV, Shell Among Refiners to Idle Sites Around the World
OMV AG (OMV), Central Europe’s largest oil company, plans to convert an unprofitable refinery in Romania while Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) may shutter a plant in Australia amid declining demand for fuels in the regions.
OMV started to close its 70,000 barrel-a-day Arpechim plant and turn it into a crude and fuel terminal, the company said in May. Shell may end refining operations at its 85,000 barrel-a- day Clyde facility near Sydney and convert the site into an import terminal in 2013, the company said in April.
The following table lists refineries around the world that have shut, are slated for permanent closure or conversion, units idled for economic reasons, and those that are up for sale and have agreed to be sold. Capacity is shown in thousands of barrels of oil a day.
Company Refinery Status Capacity EUROPE Lyondell- Berre Seeks buyer, 105 Basell France company said on May 31. Conoco Wilhelmshaven Reaches agreement 260 Germany with workers to convert site to storage terminal from June 1. Site up for sale. OMV Arpechim Plans to start 70 Romania converting site into a storage terminal, company said in May. Total Lindsey Company is in 221 U.K. exclusive talks with a buyer. Sale may be agreed in one or two months, CFO said on April 29. Petroplus Reichstett Oil-processing 85 France stopped in April. Conversion to terminal after inventories depleted. Shell Stanlow Essar agrees to 233 U.K. buy refinery and associated assets in March. Grupa Gdansk Poland aims to sell 92 Lotos Poland 53 percent share in the refiner by 2012. Bids will be assessed in Sept. or Oct., Prime Minister said in March. Trafigura is among bidders. Chevron Pembroke Agreed sale to 210 U.K. Valero in March. Ceska Litvinov Eni may sell its 100 Rafinerska Kralupy 32.5 percent stake 68 Czech Republic to Gazprom. Shell may also sell its 16.4 percent share in the company. Tamoil Cremona Final closure of 95 Italy plant in second half of 2011 after inventories are depleted. Conversion into storage site. Shell Hamburg Plans to convert 110 Germany site into terminal in 2012, after failing to find buyer, company said on Jan. 12. PKN Orlen Lietuva Under review because 200 Lithuania of low profitability, company said in August 2010. Murphy Oil Milford Haven Up for sale. 130 Wales Announced in July 2010. Total Dunkirk Conversion to 137 France terminal. Announced in March 2010. Petroplus Teesside Conversion to 117 U.K. terminal end-2009. Total Gonfreville Permanent closure of 146 France a crude unit at the 345,000 barrel-a-day refinery in August 2009. NORTH/CENTRAL AMERICA Alon Bakersfield Plant to start 68 California operations in June after being reconfigured. BP Texas City Up for sale, company 475 Texas said Feb. 1. BP Carson Up for sale, company 266 California said Feb. 1. Valero Aruba Considers sale or 275 joint venture. Western Yorktown In process of 71 Virginia converting to storage terminal, company said in December 2010. Also pursuing possible sale. Shell Montreal Operates as 130 Canada terminal since November 2010. Exxon Chalmette Some units idled 196 Louisiana in reconfiguration in 2010. Murphy Oil Meraux Up for sale. 125 Louisiana Announced in July 2010. Murphy Oil Superior Up for sale. 35 Wisconsin Announced in July 2010. Sunoco Eagle Point Shut on poor 150 New Jersey economics in November 2009. Possible conversion to biofuels announced in February 2010. Western Bloomfield Operates as a 17 New Mexico terminal after closing in 2009 on poor economics. Valero Corpus Christi FCC shut on 20 East, Texas economics in 2009. ASIA/AUSTRALIA Shell Clyde May be converted 85 Australia into fuel import terminal in 2013, company said in April. Showa Shell Keihin Permanent closure 120 Japan of Ogimachi crude unit this September. Fuji Oil Sodegaura Permanent closure 52 Japan of crude unit 1 in November 2010. JX Holdings* Negishi Permanent closure 70 Japan of a crude unit in October 2010. JX Holdings* Mizushima Permanent closure 110 Japan of crude unit 2 in June 2010. JX Holdings* Oita Permanent closure 24 Japan of crude unit 1 in May 2010. Nihonkai Oil Toyama Conversion to 60 Japan terminal in March 2009. CPC Corp. Kaohsiung FCC shut on 25 Taiwan economics in February 2009. * JX Holdings Inc. is the parent company of JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., Japan’s largest refiner, and was formed in April 2010 after the merger of Nippon Oil Corp. and Nippon Mining Holdings Inc.
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