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Conoco and Phillips 66 announced on November 18, 2001 that their boards of directors had unanimously approved a definitive agreement for a "merger of equals". The merged company, ConocoPhillips, became the third-largest integrated U.S. energy company based on market capitalization and oil and gas reserves and production. On November 11, 2011 ConocoPhillips announced that Phillips 66 would be the name of a new independent oil and gasoline refining and marketing firm, created as ConocoPhillips split into two companies. ConocoPhillips kept the current name of the company and concentrated on oil exploration and production side while Phillips 66 included refining, marketing, midstream, and chemical portions of the company. Photo: Hugh Pickens all rights reserved.

by Hugh Pickens, Ponca City Oklahoma


The purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive overview of Phillips 66 that documents and explains the company's business strategy and execution of that strategy.

Major Sections of this report on Phillips 66 include:

Safety, Environment, Legal


Corporate


Strategic and Financial


Business Segments


Stock Market


Reference

Refining Business Segment


Increasing Profitability in Refining Business Segment


Detailed Look at Ponca City Refinery


Other Phillips Refineries


Other Locations


Contents

Master Index of Articles about Phillips 66

The 587 foot tall Mammoet PTC 140 crane, seen here from North First Street, towers over the Refinery Complex in Ponca City. The supercrane was used to move two new 232 ton coker reactor units within the refinery on September 29, 2013. Phillips was willing to invest $70 million in the two new coker reactor units because the Ponca City Refinery is one of the best run, safest, and most profitable of Phillips' fifteen worldwide refineries and Garland wants the refinery in Ponca City to continue to run smoothly and profitably. This photograph of the supercrane in Ponca City was taken from almost two miles away from the crane. Photo: Hugh Pickens All Rights Reserved.
Hugh Pickens, an analyst who closely follows Phillips 66, speaks with Phillips CEO Greg Garland (right) about the disposition of the North Tower, South Tower, and Research West at Phillips' Ponca City Refinery after Garland's speech to the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce on August 13, 2014.

by Hugh Pickens, Ponca City Oklahoma


The purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive overview of Phillips 66 that documents and explains the company's business strategy and execution of that strategy.

Major Sections of this report on Phillips 66 include:

Safety, Environment, Legal


Corporate


Strategic and Financial


Business Segments


Stock Market


Reference

Refining Business Segment


Increasing Profitability in Refining Business Segment


Detailed Look at Ponca City Refinery


Other Phillips Refineries


Other Locations


Whitegate Refinery

Whitegate Refinery Photo: Phillips 66

News and Views from Whitegate refinery

October 24, 2016: Whitegate Refinery Officially Launched by New Canadian Owners

The Irish Times reported on October 24, 2016 that future of Whitegate refinery, which was owned and operated by Phillips 66, was in doubt when the 15-year operating licence ran out but Irving Oil’s purchase has been welcomed by locals, as the company announced it would be continuing full operation of the plant and maintaining its existing workforce. Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten said that clarity in relation to the ownership of the site was important given that it employs 160 people. “It is good for the country as a whole. It is a very positive. It is good for the local community. And for our long-term energy security.”[1]

September 9, 2016: Phillips 66 Finalizes Sale of Whitegate Refinery to Irving Oil

PR Newswire reported on Septmber 9, 2016 that Irving Oil has assumed full ownership of Whitegate Refinery and will continue full operation of the facility, including maintaining its existing workforce. "Whitegate is a great facility, and is a good fit for our company," says Arthur Irving, Chairman of Irving Oil. "We are happy to welcome the Whitegate team to Irving Oil and we are looking forward to working together."[2]

August 3, 2016: Phillips 66 Finds Buyer for Whitegate Refinery

The Irish Independent reported on August 3, 2016 that after trying to sell their Ireland-based Whitegate Refinery for the past several years, Philips 66 has reached an agreement to sell the refinery to Irving Oil for an undisclosed sum. Irving Oil, which operates the largest oil refinery in Canada, said it views Whitegate as a key element in expanding their business in Europe. The processing facility is capable of handling 75,000 barrels of crude oil per day. “We are pleased to have signed an agreement to purchase the Whitegate refinery,” said Irving Oil chairman, Arthur Irving. “It’s a good day for our company and we’re looking forward to welcoming the Whitegate team to Irving Oil.” Irving Oil said it had been deeply impressed by Whitegate and its Irish workforce. The Canadian company said that the Irish plant had an operational track record that made it a perfect fit for their future development plans. Sale conditions are now being concluded and the deal is set to be formally closed by the year’s third quarter. Irving said it intends to continue full operation of the Whitegate plant and the maintenance of its existing workforce.[3]

July 29, 2016: Phillips is Still in the Process of Selling the Whitegate Refinery

Greg Garland told analysts during the 2016 second quarter earnings conference call on July 29, 2016 that "we're still in the process on Whitegate, I would tell you we're pleased with the progress to this point. And hopefully, as I said, I think on last quarter, our intention is we get this closed this year."[4]

July 29, 2016: After the Whitegate Sale, Phillips Doesn't Plan to Sell Any Other Refineries

Greg Garland told analysts during the 2016 second quarter earnings conference call on July 29, 2016 that "as we come to the end of the Whitegate process, I don't think there is a lot more in portfolio that we have on deck, certainly for 2016 or thinking about it into 2017."[5]

May 21, 2016: Phillips 66 Moves Closer to Sale of Whitegate Refinery in Ireland

The Irish Examiner reported on May 21, 2016 that Phillips 66 could announce the sale of Whitegate oil refinery as early as next week with negotiations believed to be at an advanced stage. Ireland's only refinery has been on the market since November 2015 when its current owners Phillips 66 (P66) took the decision to again seek a buyer after earlier attempts to offload it in 2014 failed. According to sources, a preferred bidder has been identified from a shortlist of interested companies which included private equity firm ArcLight Capital, Irving Oil, UK-based PTFPlusOne and Valero Energy. Canadian family-owned Irving Oil are understood to be the frontrunners in the sales process. Irving is a gas and oil processing, transporting and marketing company headquartered in Saint John with additional operations in the US state of New Hampshire. The Canadian firm was one of the companies touted as a potential buyer for Whitegate in 2007.

Whitegate reported losses in 2014 of more than $280m representing a fivefold increase on the $58m loss it made the previous year. Phillips 66 reduced the value of the plant and equipment resulting in an impairment cost of $127.6m in addition to its $146m operating loss.[6]

April 29, 2016: Phillips Expects to Conclude the Divestiture Process with Whitegate Refinery This Year

In answer to a question from Neil Mehta, Kevin Mitchell told analysts during the 2016 first quarter earnings conference call on April 29, 2016 that Phillips has a process underway for divestiture at Whitegate and we expect that will conclude this year.[7]

April 21, 2016: Irish Fuel Supply 'Vulnerable' if Future of Whitegate Refinery is Not Secured

The Irish Examiner reported on April 21, 2016 that Ireland’s fuel supply could be “extremely vulnerable” and the country left depending on the goodwill of the UK if British voters choose to leave the European Union and the future of Whitegate oil refinery isn’t secured. Should the UK vote to leave the EU in the June 23 referendum it would no longer be bound by EU energy regulations which require member countries to share resources in certain circumstances. “In Ireland, 80% of the petrol we use is imported. Of these imports, 70% come from the UK meaning that the UK supplies us with well over half of the petrol we consume. The figures are similar if we take the heavier gas/diesel oil, of which 50% of our final consumption is imported from the UK," said Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly. “In the event of a crisis and [the UK wasn’t] in the European Union, we would be in a very bad position because we’d be dependent on their goodwill more than any obligations on them. So it’s fraught with uncertainty at the moment,” Kelly said. The refinery’s future remains up in the air after its US owner Phillips 66 put it back on the market in November 2015. Phillips 66’s contractual obligation with the state to operate the refinery comes to an end days after voters go to the polls in Britain. Kelly said the refinery must be a priority for the next government, adding that it is “without doubt of key strategic importance to the security and reliability of the Ireland’s fuel supply”.[8]

February 2, 2016: Port Chairman Says Whitegate Refinery of ‘Strategic Energy Importance’ to Ireland

The Irish Examiner reported on February 2, 2016 that Port of Cork chairman John Mullins said the Port of Cork is partially “insulated” from future developments at Whitegate oil refinery but has a clear preference for it to remain operational. “The worst case scenario if it closes is that it will be converted into strategic storage and actually a place where refined product will be shipped from,” said Mullins. “Our view as a port board and company is we believe [Whitegate] is of strategic energy importance; not just to the south of Ireland but actually to the totality of Ireland and our thoughts are with the workers at the moment and hopefully this will get clarified very soon." The port’s chairman also criticised the extent of the support Whitegate had received to date. Mullins called on the Government to offer additional support, adding: “So far all you’ve heard is that it is of strategic importance; that’s not saying it’s of strategic necessity.”[9]

December 19, 2015: Deputy David Stanton Raises Issue of Whitegate Refinery in Ireland's Dáil

The Independent of Ireland reported on December 19, 2015 that Cork East Fine Gael Deputy David Stanton raised the issue of the future of Whitegate Refinery in the Dáil (Ireland's lower house of the legislature). tanton said the refinery supplies 40% of Ireland's transport needs and sells on a wholesale, rather than retail, basis. "I have been told it turns around about 200 lorries per day, a figure which has risen to well over 300 at times of peak demand. If it were to close, it would be a major shock to the State, and that is why it is of strategic importance," said Deputy Stanton. "The fuel, as the Minister knows, is used for transport, industry, agriculture, shipping, food production, heating, hospitals, haulage, public transport and so on. The refinery also produces liquid petroleum gas for a local company, Calor Gas." All other fuel is imported, mainly from the UK, he said. The refinery acts as a competitor to the importation of fuel. "No other country in Europe has allowed all of its refining capacity to be closed, and that should not happen in Ireland," he said. "I ask the Minister and the current and future Governments to support the continuation of refining in Whitegate and to continue the positive engagement that has occurred to date with the owners, any future owners, the workforce and local management."

Stanton said over 300 workers are employed locally in the refinery, including 157 staff and 130 contractors. "I have been told that 600 ancillary jobs are dependent on the refinery, which again shows its important. It accounts for about half of the shipping tonnage in Cork Harbour," Stanton added.

In response Energy Minister Alex White said Ireland has a single refinery, at Whitegate. "Refining in Europe has been struggling since the onset of the recession in 2008," he said. "The local management of Phillips 66 informed the Department on 12 October last of the company's intention to put the refinery and marketing business up for sale. Any sale of the refinery would be a commercial matter between Phillips 66 and a potential purchaser. While this process is under way, Whitegate will continue to operate on a business-as-usual basis. Whitegate's management has repeatedly indicated that it is committed to honouring the 15-year agreement under the 2001 sale and purchase agreement. This commitment is not, and would not be, affected by the planned sale."[10][11]

November 25, 2015: Irish Government Says Continued Operation of Whitegate Refinery is Central to Country's Energy Security

The Irish Examiner reported on November 25, 2015 that the Irish government considers the continued operation of the Whitegate Refinery as central to the country’s energy security and economic prospects. “The Government views the continued operation of the Whitegate Refinery on a commercial basis as highly desirable from an energy security and economic perspective,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Communications, Energy, and Natural Resources. “Security of supply remains a fundamental tenet of our energy policy. The minister [Alex White] is in contact with his ministerial colleagues to discuss the importance of continued operations at the facility.” Government and opposition TDs have expressed their desire for the State to do all it can to ensure the refinery remains operational in order to safeguard the country’s economic interests as well as the jobs supported by the refinery.

However, the State does not have the skills required to operate the refinery should a private bidder fail to materialise, according to Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South-Central, Michael McGrath. “The preference has to be for a company that has the international expertise in the area to come in and carve out a viable future for the refinery," said McGrath. "The State doesn’t have any expertise or track record in recent years in running such a refinery so, at most, the State’s involvement would be a strategic partner in a joint venture arrangement with a private company. I think either of those options for ownership, by a private company, or joint venture involving the State and a private company from the energy field, would need to be pursued in the interests of energy security.”[12]

November 24, 2015: Whitegate Refinery Back on the Market

The Irish Examiner reported on November 24, 2015 that Phillips 66 has decided to seek a buyer for its 71,000 barrel-per-day Whitegate Refinery and associated wholesale marketing business in Ireland after pulling the plug on its sales process in early 2014 having failed to find a buyer. “Phillips 66 intends to continue the business as usual, in compliance with the terms of agreements between Phillips 66 and the Irish Government, during the marketing process which is expected to last for several months,” a Phillips 66 spokesperson said. The company is contracted to operate the refinery until July 2016. The confirmation that the refinery is back on the market comes as latest accounts filed with the Companies Registration Office show that losses at the Whitegate facility soared $282.18m in 2014 with an impairment cost contributing significantly to the refinery’s overall losses.. Phillips 66 reduced the value of the plant and equipment resulting in an impairment cost of $127.6m.

Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer said it was a concern that there may not be a suitable bidder for the facility given the scale of the losses and Phillip 66’s previous failure to offload the refinery and said he will raise the issue with Environment Minister Alex White to ensure the Government’s involvement in the process while everything needs to be done to safeguard the 300 or so jobs at the refinery. Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath called on the Government to engage directly with Phillips 66 to determine the possibility of “carving out” a joint venture with a private company.[13]

October 28, 2015: County Councillor Calls for Irish Government to Purchase or Subsidize Phillips 66's Whitegate Refinery

The Evening Echo reported on October 28, 2015 that calls are now being made for the Government to step in and purchase Whitegate Refinery – or at least heavily subsidise it – in order to safeguard hundreds of jobs and an asset worth €100m to the local economy. Sinn Fein county councillor and candidate for Cork East in the forthcoming General Election, Pat Buckley, said the news that the refinery could close was “extremely concerning and a potential disaster for Whitegate, East Cork, and the country as a whole”, adding that it of the highest national importance that it now be purchased by the Government. “The refinery contributes €100 million directly into the local economy which is a huge benefit to the whole Cork Harbour area. It also contributes at least 600 spin-off jobs and accounts for half the shipping tonnage in Cork Harbour. If this refinery is not sold and as a possible result ceases to operate after July 2016, Ireland will lose another vital asset. There will be massive implications. We need fuel that is secure, sustainable and affordable for Ireland.”[14]

August 18, 2015: Whitegate Refinery Receives Cash Injection from Phillips 66

The Irish Independent reported on Augusut 18, 2015 that Phillips 66 has made a cash injection of $200 million in Whitegate Refinery increasing its authorised capital. The investment was confirmed in documents lodged with the Companies Office. The cash injection will sharply reduce the deficit on the firm's balance sheet - at the end of December 2013, the firm had a shareholders' deficit of $230.29 million. The most recent accounts show that the Phillips 66 Whitegate firm that operates the refinery plunged into the red in 2013 to record pre-tax losses of $53.37m. It had pre-tax profits of $9.1m in 2012. Revenues fell by 4.5pc or $140m to $2.94bn in the 12 months to the end of December 31, 2013. Cost of sales fell from $3.05bn to $2.9bn last year. The directors' report stated that "the combined impact is that refining margins have been depressed and can be expected to remain so while Europe sees a supply and demand imbalance."[15]

July 16, 2015: Irish Government ‘Powerless’ to Secure Whitegate Future

Peter O'Dwyer reported in the Irish Examiner on July 16, 2015 that the future of Whitegate Refinery will be decided solely on a commercial basis by Phillips 66 and the decision is beyond its control of the Irish government since the State offloaded the facility in 2001. “Under the sale and purchase agreement made at that time, commercial decisions beyond July 2016 are a matter for the company who operate in a fully liberalised market,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. There have been five meetings between sitting energy ministers and Phillips 66 over the past two years. The most recent of these meetings took place in April 2015, according to the department which added that its officials remain in ongoing contact with Phillips 66’s management team. A spokesperson for the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources said the Government’s preference is for refining to continue after July 2016 when Phillips 66’s obligation expires.[16]

July 15, 2015: Whitegate Refinery Lost $53 million in 2013, “Asset will be Challenged”

Peter O'Dwyer reported in the Irish Examiner on July 15, 2015 that accounts filed for the refinery with the Companies Registration Office (CRO) show Phillips Whitegate Refinery had a pre-tax loss of $53.37m (€48.47m) in 2013. The directors of the company attributed the loss to a difficult economic climate and competitive environment in the European refining industry which they predicted was likely to persist.

The news that Phillips 66 is still considering selling the refinery spurred local political reaction with Independent councillor Noel Collins calling for a taskforce to be set up to ensure its future. Port of Cork chairman John Mullins sought to downplay concerns of the potential impact of any change of ownership. “I think it’s been on and off the market for many years,” said Mr Mullins. “Our view on it from a port point of view... is that Whitegate supplies 30% of oil products right around the region and that’s not going to change overnight, no matter what happens to the ownership of Phillips 66.” The former Bord Gáis chief executive added that “whatever happens” it is important that the refinery stays open and continues to function given its importance to the oil value chain in the south of the country.

The Irish Petroleum Industry Association (IPIA) says it is broadly in favor of the Government’s preference to maintain refinery capacity in the country but added that their support was not without condition. “About 60% of Ireland’s energy requirement is from oil,” said a spokesperson for the IPIA. “The Irish Petroleum Industry Association works with the State to protect security of supply of oil. We are therefore broadly supportive of the Government’s preference in favour of maintaining refinery capacity in Ireland as it would give Ireland extra protection in some circumstances. It does of course depend on how we do this and what the cost is.”[17]

July 14, 2015: Whitegate Refinery's Future is Uncertain Past July 2016 But Phillips is Still Trying to Sell the Refinery

Peter O'Dwyer reported in the Irish Examiner on July 15, 2015 that the potential sale of Ireland's only oil refinery in Whitegate is back on the table despite Phillips 66 appearing to pull the plug on the sales process last year. US multinational energy company Phillips 66 has confirmed to the Irish Examiner that it is considering selling the refinery, which employs 300 people locally, adding that, longer-term, it expects that the “asset will be challenged”. There is a contractual obligation between the Government and Phillips 66 to operate the refinery until July, 2016 but Phillips has declined to outline any future plans for the refinery post the expiry of the obligation other than to reiterate that it is evaluating its options which include possibly offloading the refinery or transforming it into an import terminal. Phillips 66 discontinued the marketing of the refinery last year having attracted “limited to negative interest” from potential suitors, its chief executive, Greg Garland said at the time.

"Whitegate’s future has been shrouded in uncertainty for some time and little progress has been made in terms of securing its longer-term future," writes O'Dwyer. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin accused the Government on July 13, 2015 of failing to afford the refinery the appropriate level of urgency required to safeguard its future and called on Energy Minister Alex White to engage with the company again to create a blueprint that would give certainty to the situation. “I would encourage the Government to take a hands-on approach in relation to the refinery,” said Mr Martin. “It is of strategic importance to the region and to the country, and every effort should be made to retain it as an oil refinery.” His comments were echoed by party colleague Michael McGrath, who said he is “extremely fearful for the future of the refinery” once the obligation concludes, adding that its closure would have a devastating impact on employment.[18]

June 8, 2015: Planned Maintenance Underway at Whitegate Refinery

Nasdq reported on June 8, 2015 that planned maintenance is underway at Whitegate Refinery. Phillips has planned maintenance underway at five of its worldwide refineries: Humber Refinery, Wilmington Refinery, Ponca City Refinery, Wood River Refinery, and Whitegate Refinery. Phillips did not indicate whether fuel output may be impacted, and representatives from Phillips 66 weren't immediately available to comment.[19]

February 9, 2015: Phillips Complete Sale of Bantry Bay Oil Terminal in West Cork, Ireland

Houston Business Journal reported on February 9, 2015 that Phillips 66 has completed the sale of the Bantry Bay Oil Terminal in West Cork, Ireland to a new Houston energy company founded last year by the Warburg Pincus LLC private equity firm. "We are pleased to have acquired the Bantry Bay Terminal, which serves as a critical commercial link in northwest Europe for crude and refined products," Zenith CEO Jeffrey Armstrong said in a prepared statement. "The terminal's attractive deepwater location on Bantry Bay enables our customers to take advantage of many trade opportunities, and the terminal will remain an important part of Ireland's strategic petroleum reserve." The terminal, located on Whiddy Island in Bantry Bay, has a storage capacity of more than 8 million barrels and is one of the largest in Europe. Zenith said it intends to continue operating the terminal on a commercial basis.[20]

October 31, 2014: Whitegate Refinery is Off the Market

The Herald reported on October 31, 2014 that Greg Garland, chief executive of Phillips 66, said the sales process for the Whitegate refinery in Co Cork had been a failure and that Whitegate Refinery is "essentially off the market" after it failed to sell the refinery. Phillips said that it would continue to run the refinery, which has operated in East Cork for nearly 55 years, as usual. It's been speculated that a closure could be on the cards if a buyer isn't found. "Phillips 66 will continue operating the refinery as usual while identifying opportunities to enhance returns from this business," a spokesman told the Herald.[21]

According to the Irish Independent, when the Whitegate refinery and Bantry storage terminals were sold by the State in 2001, it was a condition of the sale that they must continue to be operated until at least 2016. This requirement applied to the company that purchased the assets and any future owners. A report commissioned by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources last year found that overall oil demand has declined since peaking at 11.8m tonnes in 2006 for Ireland. Then Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte said the report showed that having an operational refinery on the island provided flexibility and enhanced the options available to the State in the event of an oil supply disruption by mitigating the complete reliance on imports. "As such, the continued operation of the Whitegate refinery on a commercial basis is highly desirable," Mr Rabbitte said.[22]

October 29, 2014: Sale of Whitegate Refinery is a Failed Process

Greg Garland told analysts during the third quarter earnings conference call on October 29, 2014 that the sale of the Whitegate Refinery is a failed process. "Whitegate, really a failed process. No interest in someone buying the Whitegate Refinery, so that asset is essentially off the market for now."[23]

August 28, 2014: Phillips to Sell Whiddy Oil Terminal

The Irish Examiner reported on August 28, 2014 that Phillips has reached an agreement to sell the Whiddy Island oil terminal in Bantry, which holds a third of Ireland’s strategic oil reserves, to the US startup, Zenith Energy. “We understand from Phillips 66 that Zenith intend to continue operating the terminal on a commercial basis. The Bantry terminal will therefore remain an important element of Irish oil infrastructure, regardless of its ownership,” said the Department of Energy Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Phillips 66 employs 30 people directly at the site and the operation indirectly supports 100 contractor jobs. The Whiddy facility, which has a storage capacity of 7.5 million tonnes, is considered one of the best fuel storage facilities in Europe following significant investment over the past 15 years.[24]

August 26, 2014: Whitegate Refinery Operates at a Loss

The Independent reported on August 26, 2014 that Phillips 66 Ireland Ltd recorded a pre-tax losses of $42.48m in 2013 after enjoying pre-tax profits of $26.6m in 2012 - a negative swing of $69.14m. The directors' report states that "while the sharp correction to demand patterns has stabilised following the economic crisis in Ireland and Europe, demand in general has returned to a declining trend. "Of greater impact is that external competitive pressures have risen. This is seen from the USA following their shale energy revolution, new build refineries in the Middle East and continued supply into Europe from Russia." The directors state that the firm's assets ran well with strong reliability and availability.[25]

April 3, 2014: Phillips Gives Up Trying to Sell Whitegate Refinery

Alison Sider reported in the WSJ on April 3, 2014 that after nearly a year of trying to sell its Whitegate refinery in Ireland, Phillips is calling off the search for a buyer and will just keep running it. “Based on the level of interest from potential buyers, we will take the next step in the sales process for the Bantry Bay storage terminal only,” company spokesman Rich Johnson said. According to Sider European refineries are struggling because fuel demand in the region is down amid a sluggish economy, plus there’s increasing competition from plants in the Middle East, Asia and even the U.S.[26]

February 14, 2014: Garland Says Phillips Expects to Sell Whitegate Refinery in 2014

Greg Garland told security analysts at the Credit Suisse Global Energy Summit on February 12, 2014 that Phillips expects to sell Maleka and Whitegate in 2014. "We've gotten very good at selling the good things. I told Clayton we're going to have to get very good at selling the not-so-good things. Certainly [we] have a process underway with Whitegate. We have a process underway with Melaka. What I would say in that you should expect that we will draw those processes to a conclusion in 2014.[27]

October 30, 2013: Garland Says Phillips Still Looking to Sell Whitegate Refinery

Garland told analysts at the third quarter earnings conference on October 30, 2013 that Phillips is still looking at "selling possibly our Whitegate refinery in Ireland and our interest in the Melaka refinery in Malaysia, and so those efforts continue. We’re in the process of evaluating specifically the opportunities around Whitegate. So I think those have been the pieces of portfolio for us that long-term are really where the strategic interest is."[28]

September 12, 2013: Phillips 66 says It Has Buyers Interested in Whitegate Refinery

Greg Garland told analysts at the Barclays Energy-Power Conference in New York that Phillips has potential buyers interested in its Whitegate Refinery. Garland declined to elaborate, but analysts had speculated that buyers would be tough to find.[29]

June 10, 2013: Phillips Wants to Sell Whitegate Refinery

Reuters reported on June 11, 2013 that Phillips wants to sell the Whitegate Refinery in Cork, Ireland. However Seth Kleinman, head of energy research at Citigroup says the odds of finding a buyer look slim and that the refinery would probably have to be shut down as it will be hard to find a buyer for it. In the meantime Phillips will continue to operate the refinery. "Phillips 66 intends to continue operating the assets as usual during the marketing process, which is expected to last for several months," said company spokesman Rich Johnson in a statement.[30]

Europe's refining sector has been struggling because of over capacity and Coryton refinery in the UK, owned by the bankrupt Petroplus group, closed last year after administrators failed to find a buyer for it. Micheal Martin, the leader of Ireland's main opposition party Fianna Fail, said the sale of the refinery had potentially serious consequences for its economy as it is the only refinery in Ireland supplying about one third of Ireland's oil products. "Whitegate is a key strategic asset. It provides one third of all our transportation fuel and is a long-term principal supplier to the National Oil Reserves Agency. The threat to its future has serious implications for Ireland's energy supply and consequently for our economy," Martin said in a statement. "It has been a major employer in the area for decades, supporting hundreds of jobs directly and indirectly. Its loss would be a serious blow to local economy."[31]

"The move is part of a fire sale of Irish assets by Phillips," writes James Detar on Investor's Business Daily. "which is also selling an oil and refined products storage terminal in Bantry Bay in County Cork, and its Ireland wholesale marketing business."[32]

December 13, 2012: Phillips Likely to Sell Whitegate Refinery in Ireland

Reuters reported on December 13, 2012 that Greg Garland told reporters on December 13, 2012 that Phillips will likely look to sell its Whitegate refinery in Cork, Ireland, and its stake in the 2 Melaka refinery in Malaysia. Phillips plans to retain stakes in the refineries it owns in the United Kingdom and Germany. "We don't envision growing in the Asian refining space," said Garland.[33]

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  32. Investor's Business Daily. "Exxon, Phillips 66, Chevron In Major Oil Asset Deals" by James Detar. June 11, 2012.
  33. Reuters. "Phillips considers sale of Irish, Malaysian refining stakes" December 13, 2012.



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The North Tower and the South Tower, part of Phillips 66's Refinery Complex in Ponca City, contain over 250,000 square feet of Class A office space that is essentially unused. Research West contains another 230,000 square feet of unused Class A office space. Photo: Hugh Pickens
Ponca: A Core Asset. Phillips CEO Greg Garland told members of the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce on August 27, 2013 that the refinery at Ponca is a 'core asset' of Phillips 66. The refinery in Ponca City "is making very good money for us," Garland told his Bartlesville audience. Garland added that he expects gas demands in the U.S. to decline by 20 percent in the next 10 years, but that demand for refined products in South America and Africa will more than offset that decline.

by Hugh Pickens, Ponca City Oklahoma


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