U.S. refiners seek strategies to adapt to lower demand - S&P Global

Nov. 12, 2020 6:41 PM ETMarathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC), VLO, PSX, PBF, DINO, CVI, DK, CRAKVLO, DK, CVI, MPC, DINO, PSX, PBF, CRAKBy: Carl Surran, SA News Editor42 Comments
  • Nearly 10% of U.S. refining capacity is offline due to low demand, plant repurposing or extended turnarounds, and many companies believe it is still not enough to support refining margins, S&P Global Platts reports.
  • According to the report, 1.69M bbl/day of refinery capacity is offline now or will be soon as refiners cope with weak gasoline, diesel and jet demand compounded by the second wave of the pandemic.
  • The two largest U.S. refiners say they plan to run their refineries at lower rates in Q4 than in Q3: Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC) plans to run 2.265M bbl/day of crude in its refineries during Q4, compared with 2.39M bbl/day it processed in Q3, while Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) expects to process 2.48M bbl/day vs. 2.526M in Q3.
  • Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) recently said global refinery closures have reached nearly 2M bbl/day, with another 700K bbl/day of temporary closures plus another 700K from refineries that have talked about potential of converting into terminals or other activities.
  • PBF Energy (NYSE:PBF) says another 1M-1.5M bbl/day more in refinery closures are needed in the U.S. to return to optimum.
  • Things could get worse before they get better, as the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. likely will trigger more lockdowns, countering any tightening inventories of gasoline and diesel and the Pfizer-induced optimism around a coronavirus vaccine which helped oil prices.
  • With lockdowns in the headlines today, refining names plunged across the board: MPC -6.7%, VLO -5%, PSX -6.9%, HFC -2.9%, PBF -5.2%, CVI -4.5%, DK -2.6%.

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