ExxonMobil cuts Baton Rouge refinery production, contract workforce

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The ExxonMobil facility in Baton Rouge

ExxonMobil cut production on Saturday at its 502,500-barrel-per-day Baton Rouge refinery as poor demand has pushed up inventories and filled storage tanks, Reuters reports. 

The number of contract workers at the Baton Rouge refinery was cut by 1,800 on Friday as ExxonMobil began informing service companies of planned spending cuts. The Baton Rouge refinery is the second-largest in Louisiana and ExxonMobil’s second-largest in the U.S.

The refinery’s production was cut to about 440,000 bpd on Saturday, the sources say.

ExxonMobil spokesman Jeremy Eikenberry says the spending cuts will be announced when final decisions are made.

“We are notifying contractors and vendors of our intended reductions, and they may be adjusting their staffing and budgets accordingly,” Eikenberry says.

The number of contract workers at the refinery is usually about 2,000 and increases when major overhauls are underway. The Baton Rouge refinery recently restored full production on March 9 after it was shut by a Feb. 12 fire. Read the full story.

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