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Oil refining capacity may not fully recover from pandemic: executives

Oil refining capacity may not fully recover from pandemic: executives

2/8/2020 3:04:00 AM

Oil refining capacity may not fully recover from pandemic: executives

[BENGALURU] Millions of barrels of oil refinery capacity might permanently close across the global energy complex after being lost when demand crashed during the coronavirus pandemic, US refiners said on Friday. Read more at The Business Times.

Tell us what you think. Email us atbtuserfeedback@sph.com.sg"I'm not convinced that we could get to full utilisation in this industry if jet demand is where it is today," chief executive Thomas Nimbley said on an earnings call.Running refineries at full tilt would reduce the ability for refiners to contain the production of jet fuel.

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Other independent US refiners are running near 80 per cent utilisation, but PBF is still operating below that and will continue to do so until it sees demand return in key markets, Mr Nimbley said.Executives defended the company's acquisition of Shell's refinery in Martinez, California, despite reporting gross margins of only US$1 million in the second quarter in the West Coast.

"We had negative cracks in April, which severely impacted our earnings on the West Coast," Mr Nimbley said. Petrol demand rebounded in recent weeks in California, he said, and physical crack spreads were approximately US$13 in San Francisco and Los Angeles earlier this week. headtopics.com

Mr Nimbley disagreed with the idea that California has too much refinery capacity."I think we're going to be fine in California over the long haul," he said.However, he noted that the pandemic will result in a permanent reduction in US refining capacity.

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