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First North American Refinery Shuts With Fuel Demand Plunging

  • North Atlantic idling the Come by Chance plant, VOCM reports
  • Valero, Phillips 66, Suncor among refiners slowing down

Newfoundland’s only refinery is shutting down, the first North American fuel maker to be idled as the coronavirus outbreak crushes demand worldwide.

North Atlantic Refining Ltd. will idle the Come by Chance refinery, VOCM radio reported on its website, citing Glenn Nolan, the president of United Steelworkers Local 9316. The plant could be shut for two to five months, Nolan said, according to the report.