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Shell shutting down Gulf refinery after failed attempt to sell
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CONVENT, La. — Shell announced Thursday that it is closing one of its refineries between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, after failed attempts to sell the facility.
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The refinery in Convent can process 240,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It employs nearly 700 workers and 400 contract workers, who will be affected by the closure expected to begin in mid-November.
“Despite efforts to sell the asset, a viable buyer was never identified,” Shell spokesman Curtis Smith told The Advocate. “After looking at all aspects of our business, including financial performance, we made the difficult decision to shut down the site.”
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Gov. John Bel Edwards called the announcement that Shell would shutter its refinery in St. James Parish “very sobering” and disappointing. But he said the company’s move is part of a larger, international strategy to consolidate its oil refineries and transition to renewable energy resources.
“The decision is part of the company's global strategy to invest in a core set of uniquely integrated manufacturing sites that are also strategically positioned for the transition to a low-carbon future,” Smith confirmed in an email.