Statoil considers Mongstad closure
Huge annual losses.
Statoil is considering shutting the oil refinery at Mongstad following huge annual losses, reports suggest .
The oil refinery’s deficits have cost Statoil 9.2 billion kroner so far, and the company expects them to rise further.
“It’s an extremely serious situation at Mongstad,” Statoil press spokesperson Morten Eek tells Aftenbladet.
The company has already reduced staffing by 200 FTEs (full-time equivalents). Statoil has now asked for a crisis meeting with Labour’s (Ap) Trade and Industry Minister Trond Giske, according to an email Teknisk Ukeblad has obtained access to.
“It’s a complex situation that is to do with challenging market conditions with low margins, relatively high cost-levels, and unfavourable conditions for the refining industry in recent years,” writes Statoil.
Results for the Mongstad refinery were minus 4.5 billion and minus 3.5 billion in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
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* Major licence granted off the western coast. * Statoil already has onshore and offshore operations in the country.