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Fri, Apr. 24, 11:30 AM
- LyondellBasell (LYB +2.8%) is higher after recording a strong Q1 earnings beat, although evenues fell a worse than expected 26.5%.
- LYB says cheap raw materials, a tight market for some of its chemicals, and increased production, helped it offset lower prices for the products it makes and sells; for example, the price of ethylene fell by $0.13/lb, the company says.
- LYB says its olefins and polyolefins segment in the Americas, which makes products such as ethylene, posted Q1 operating income of $934M, up from $656M in the year-ago quarter; operating profit at its refining segment totaled $74M, vs. $86M a year earlier.
- The spread between the cost of feedstock and the price of refined products has narrowed since Q1, slicing in to LYBl’s margins, but the margins are still healthy, CEO Bob Patel says.
Fri, Apr. 24, 7:08 AM
Thu, Apr. 23, 5:30 PM
Mon, Apr. 6, 8:14 AM
- Striking United Steelworkers at Marathon Petroleum’s (NYSE:MPC) Catlettsburg oil refinery in Kentucky are expected to return to work today for the first time in more than two months after workers approved a new labor agreement Friday.
- Catlettsburg was among the first seven USW refinery locals that went on strike beginning Feb. 1 - which later grew to 12 sites accounting for ~20% of U.S. refining capcity - after talks between the union and oil companies broke down without a new national oil bargaining pattern; a tentative national agreement, subject to ratification by local union chapters, was reached on March 12.
- Negotiations over local issues such as policies on overtime have delayed returns to work, and local unions and companies are still negotiating at BP sites in Indiana and Ohio, MPC's Galveston Bay refinery in Texas City, Texas, and LyondellBasell’s (NYSE:LYB) site, in Houston.
Tue, Mar. 24, 12:47 PM
- LyondellBasell (LYB -0.2%) says it will more than double production capacity to 50M lbs./year at its ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol plant in Pasadena, Tex.
- LYB says the site will be one of the largest sites in the U.S. specifically geared to making tri-ethylene glycol, which is used to remove water from natural gas and is an additive in hydraulic and brake fluids.
- Separately, LYB continues to square off with the United Steelworkers employees over premium pay issues, as workers maintain their strike despite some other union members returning to work.
Wed, Mar. 18, 5:43 PM
Wed, Mar. 18, 12:44 PM
- United Steelworkers union members who have been on strike at the Motiva recovery in Port Arthur, Tex. - the largest in the U.S. - ratified a final contract last night, and workers are expected to return to their jobs next week after walking off their jobs on Feb. 21.
- The union also says workers at three Tesoro (TSO +2.1%) refineries on the west coast have made progress in finalizing contracts, with return-to-work agreements - usually the final step before ratification votes - under discussion.
- Union negotiators reached an industry-wide agreement to settle the strike with lead refinery rep Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) last Thursday; Shell is a co-owner of Motiva.
- The union says BP, Lyondell Basell (NYSE:LYB) and Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC) "continue fights on tough local issues."
Mon, Mar. 16, 4:59 PM
- A tentative national agreement to end the six-week U.S. refinery strike has struggled to win ratification at eight plants as workers and companies try to settle local issues, union reps say.
- The deal reached Thursday by the United Steelworkers and lead industry negotiator Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) to end the biggest walkout of its kind in 35 years appears to be showing signs of quick passage at just four plants.
- Workers at four plants that are owned or co-owned by Shell, which include three Motiva Enterprises refineries, have scheduled or are expected to hold votes this week to ratify the agreement and could be back at work next week, but local labor talks are stalled at other plants.
- Other relevant tickers: TSO, BP, MPC, LYB, OTCQB:HUSKF
Thu, Mar. 12, 3:59 PM
- Negotiators for the United Steelworkers union have tentatively accepted a deal from Shell Oil (RDS.A, RDS.B) to settle the six-week-long strike that has affected refineries and chemical plants across the U.S., a USW statement says.
- The deal still requires approval of the union’s international policy committee and the local union representing workers at Shell’s Deer Park, Tex., refinery before it goes to a vote of union members nationwide.
- The union and Shell, which is representing the industry in the talks, had been in talks since Monday.
- Relevant tickers: TSO, BP, MPC, LYB, OTCQB:HUSKF.
Thu, Mar. 12, 2:12 PM
- Negotiators from the United Steelworkers union and Shell Oil (RDS.A, RDS.B) are continuing to meet today, part of a four-day stretch of negotiating that is the longest the two sides have met since the strike began Feb. 1.
- In a sign that union negotiators may see a deal coming, the Steelworkers sent a message last night to members that the union’s policy committee is traveling to Houston to be available to review any proposals that come out of the talks.
- The dispute started initially with nine facilities but has since expanded to 15 refineries and chemical plants across the U.S., affecting TSO, BP, MPC, LYB, OTCQB:HUSKF and Shell.
Thu, Mar. 12, 8:43 AM
- Authorities hope to reopen the Houston Ship Channel today after a tanker carrying 216K barrels of gasoline additive MTBE collided Monday with a bulk carrier hauling steel, prompting the shutdown of a five-mile stretch of the channel.
- Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) says it cut production rates at its 560K bbl/day refinery in Baytown, Tex. - the second-largest refinery in the U.S. - as crude deliveries continue to be delayed by wreckage that have partially closed the Houston Ship Channel.
- Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) says it is evaluating the closure's impact on its 327K bbl/day joint venture refinery in Deer Park; LyondellBasell (NYSE:LYB) says its 263K bbl/day plant in Houston has experienced no operational impacts.
- Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD) suspended docking operations for ships and barges at its Oiltanking Partners unit on the ship channel, applying force majeure retroactively to the shutdown on Monday.
Wed, Mar. 4, 3:28 PM
- Even as U.S. refiners and striking union workers returned to the bargaining table today for a new round of talks, the two sides appear to be digging in for a protracted struggle that could last through the spring.
- Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) said Monday that by midsummer its Deer Park refinery in Texas will be fully staffed with newly trained employees who are not affiliated with the United Steelworkers union, and added that ~20% of striking workers at the plant have defied the union and returned to work.
- Workers also have begun returning to their jobs at refineries owned by Shell and Saudi Aramco JV Motiva Enterprises, and LyondellBasell (NYSE:LYB) and Tesoro (NYSE:TSO) also say a growing number of employees are coming back to work.
- LYB said yesterday it had filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging the union had threatened and harassed people trying to cross picket lines.
- The union has filed its own complaints to the NLRB in recent weeks, alleging Shell, LYB, TSO, BP and Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC) have engaged in unfair practices, including threatening and coercing workers and failing to bargain in good faith.
Tue, Feb. 24, 7:57 AM
- LyondellBasell (NYSE:LYB) says it has reached a separation agreement with CFO Karyn Ovelmen, who will continue on the job for up to three months while LYB looks for her successor.
- Before working at LYB, Ovelmen was finance chief of the European petroleum refiner Petroplus Holdings, and has worked at Argus Atlantic Energy and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
- LYB appointed a new CEO in December, and reported to steeper than expected Q4 decline in revenue marked by a big inventory adjustment charge.
Mon, Feb. 23, 8:26 AM
- The United Steelworkers union expanded its strike over the weekend to the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Tex., a 50-50 joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) and Saudi Aramco which produces more than 600K bbl/day, as well as a Shell chemical plant in Louisiana.
- The union and Shell, the lead negotiator for the refinery companies, reportedly will meet on Wednesday for the first time since negotiations broke up on Feb. 20 without a deal.
- The union says it is seeking protections for worker safety and fatigue; Shell is now saying the strike is all about the desire of national union leaders to replace routine maintenance contractors with union-represented workers.
- The strike already has affected refineries and chemical plants owned by LyondellBasell (NYSE:LYB), Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC), Tesoro (NYSE:TSO) and BP.
Sat, Feb. 21, 7:05 AM
- Lead negotiator Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) says last night's face-to-face negotiations with the United Steelworkers union again failed to reach an agreement to end the 20-day-old U.S. refinery strike.
- Workers at several refineries and chemical plants were waiting for instructions to join the 5K-plus workers at 11 plants, including nine refineries accounting for 13% of U.S. production capacity.
- The strike has hit refineries and plants owned by Shell, BP, LyondellBasell (NYSE:LYB), Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC) and Tesoro (NYSE:TSO) in California, Kentucky, Texas and Washington state; temporary replacement workers so far have kept plants running at nearly normal levels.
- The USW is seeking a three-year, industry-wide pact that would cover 30K workers at 63 U.S. refineries that together account for two-thirds of domestic capacity.
LyondellBasell Industries NV is a plastics, chemical and refining company. The Company produces polypropylene and polypropylene compounds, propylene oxide, polyethylene, ethylene and propylene. It also provides technology licenses.
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