By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Oct. 27 – Petroplus Holdings AG, Zug, Switzerland, has begun a safe shutdown of its 60,000-b/d Cressier refinery in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
The company attributed the action to the labor strike at the port of Fos Sur Mer, France, which it said is disrupting the supply of crude to the Cressier refinery.
Restart of the refinery is dependent on the outcome of the strike. Petroplus is taking steps to continue to supply oil products to its customers.
Petroplus, which operates six refineries in Europe with combined throughput capacity of 752,000 b/d, last week said it had taken the first step toward closing its 84,800-b/d refinery at Reichstett, France (OGJ Online, Oct. 21, 2010). The company’s other refineries are in the UK, Belgium, Germany, and France.