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LyondellBasell to Close French Refinery

12:01 PM MDT | October 7, 2011

LyondellBasell intends to close permanently its 105,000-bbl/day refinery at Berre, France following an unsuccessful attempt to sell the asset (CW, June 6/13, p. 5). LyondellBasell, through its Compagnie Pétrochimique de Berre subsidiary, which operates the refinery, will initiate consultations this month with the plant’s works councils, “as defined under French law,” on the proposed closure. The company gave no indication of when the eventual closure would take place. “After conducting a thorough sales offering that included...

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