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Shell announces closure of refinery in Bakersfield
Thursday, November 13, 2003
(11-13) 13:22 PST FRESNO, Calif. (AP) --
Shell Oil Products announced Thursday it will close down
a refinery in Bakersfield next year because of the decreasing
supply of crude oil in the area, company officials said.
The refinery, which has been in Bakersfield for 70 years
and employs 215 people, depends on availability of San
Joaquin Heavy Crude to make gasoline, gas oil, butane and
Now reports from the California Department of Conservation
and the California Energy commission have shown that the
local supply of petroleum is going down, and the refinery
will no longer be economically viable, company representatives
"The decision to close the facility was by no means an
easy one," Aamir Farid, the General Manager of Shell's
Bay-Valley Complex, said. "Shell recognizes that this refinery
has served as an integral component of the community for
nearly 70 years. However, the fact remains that there is
simply no longer an adequate supply of crude oil to justify
the continued operation of this facility."
The refinery's products were used in the southern San
Joaquin Valley and the Central Coast, but the company is
working to avoid any disruption in supply to the area.
Officials said they could not predict what effects, if
any, the October 2004 closure would have on gas prices
in the valley.
©2003 Associated Press
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