TOKYO -- JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. is
considering shutting down oil refinery operations at its
Muroran plant in Hokkaido by the end of March 2014,
Kyodo news reported Sunday, citing sources close to
JX Nippon will keep the Muroran refinery as a manufacturing plant
for petrochemical products and keep its
employees through job displacement, the report cited the
sources as saying.
The company has already cut its daily output
by 400,000 bbl from 2008 and has now decided to cut output by
an additional 200,000 bbl by the end of March 2014.
By shutting down the Muroran plant, the company will cut 13% of
its group refinery capacity, which is
equivalent to a daily output of 180,000 bbl, the report
The government is requiring oil wholesalers
scale down refinery capacities by the end of fiscal 2013 amid
stagnant domestic demand for gasoline due to the increase in
the number of electric cars and fuel efficient vehicles as well
as declining automobile sales.
JX Nippon issued a statement Sunday denying it
had made a firm decision on the refinery "at this point."
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