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Tesoro closure means only one refinery remains in Hawaii

GasBuddy Blog -- It's not good news for motorists in Hawaii: Tesoro plans to shutter its lone refinery in the Aloha state, leaving Chevron's smaller 54,000 barrel per day plant as the sole refinery left in the island state. "I think the affects of the refinery are probably and should be very minimal because shipping gasoline around the world is so simple and efficient these days," added former Chevron station operator Frank Young, according to a Hawaii News Now story.

Young might want to explain how an already isolated state would only feel "minimal" impacts if Hawaii's lone refinery would suffer setbacks, like it did in 2011, thanks to a unit going down. GasBuddy data shows that average gasoline prices in Hawaii were $3.48 December 5, before the...


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Vette1967
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 12:07:28 AM

Was surprised to hear they had two refineries there. You would think that would be a plus for the one remaining to be more profitable.

[Edited by: Vette1967 at 1/21/2013 1:10:02 AM EST]
WanderDan
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:14:22 PM

is not hawaii a great place for electric cars???
DSL987
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 7:21:58 AM

If you're a Tesoro refiner worker then this is bad, but for the rest of the island this is good. If Tesoro cannot make money refining, then it stands to reason that they can import gasoline at a cheaper price. If anything this should lower prices, not raise them.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:01:37 PM

actually average of 3.48 isn't bad. It's 3.38 here in Florida.
lesandliz
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:17:18 AM

Sounds like their gas prices are going up.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 6:59:14 AM

bad for Hawaii, but even worse when the GB "Senior Analyst" cannot correctly use words.

Effects and affects are two different words.
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 9:57:08 PM

Oil companies want to close refineries so they can have yet another excuse to raise prices.
dave27johnson
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 8:25:55 PM

Not good.
Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 7:30:21 PM

Old post... get something new!
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 2:13:03 PM

not good news for us
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 2:10:20 PM

Why don't we build more refineries????????? Oh, dumb question, barrack hussein and the environmentalists!!!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 1:15:07 PM

Reads like fewer jobs for Hawaiians producing fuel for Hawaii.
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:48:42 PM

And if you own that refinery, it's party time.
supercell
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:32:05 PM

sounds like expensive gas for them
nskmda
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:19:45 PM

oh, yeah...
let's raise price now all over the states...
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:49:37 AM

Pooooor.
waynemustang
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:47:10 AM

Build new refineries in all the US.
RQCraig
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:45:02 AM

Sad news for Hawaiians
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:43:51 AM

yup
Grandpa297
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:42:47 AM

Sooooo. Correct me if I'm wrong, but this doesn't sound much like job creation.
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:41:46 AM



This means one thing, higher prices.

NorthglennBill
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:38:12 AM

Sounds like an opportunity to gouge the drivers in Hawaii.
HawaiianGuy
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:36:50 AM

For decades, the Tesoro refinery kept Chevron in check. Now, all bets are off. Chevron is going to have a field day screwing Hawai'i for every penny it can squeeze out of it.
rodzilla123
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:35:07 AM

Prices aren't high enough in Hawaii now?? With this Refinery closing they will go even higher. If this move was to satisfy the Enviromentalists, well I hope the Residents show their Appreciation to them in some way!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:35:03 AM

no competition = higher prices.
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:32:51 AM

Guess I'd better change my vacation plans and not drive to Hawaii.
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:31:18 AM

I could see the value in providing government incentives for keeping more than one refinery open, otherwise if there's a sole provider not only does it create the opportunity for unfettered gouging, but if there are supply disruptions the whole state could come to a standstill.
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:31:05 AM

wounder if they can convert pineapples to a bio-fuel?
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:30:26 AM

Here wegoagain.
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:29:53 AM

Only the wealthy can afford to live in Hawaii.
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:29:04 AM

Old news and not good news.
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:27:57 AM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:27:54 AM

sucks for them
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:27:36 AM

Why???
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:27:31 AM

another obummer causality!
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:24:47 AM

The Tesoro refinery in the State of Alaska near Nikiski and Kenai produces about 72,000 bbl/d. That gasoline is then piped 60 miles directly to Anchorage where it is stored and then redistributed to all gas stations in Alaska. Since the highway system within Alaska is very limited, all those villages located along the coasts and along the many major rivers must get their gasoline shipped by barges during the 6 months that all the rivers are not frozen. That is a monumental task since the state is so large. The size of Alaska would stretch from Savannah, GA to Evansville, IN, up to Marquette, MI, over to Bismark, ND, down to Tulsa, OK, and then over to Bakersfield, CA. The State of Hawaii is only slightly larger than the Island of Attu at the end of the Aleutian Island chain.
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:22:14 AM

Okay ....
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:19:51 AM

we'll see. I can't see it working too well should the current distribution system go down? Depending on transportation is dangerous.
VernonOR
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:19:26 AM

But what about the jobs they will lose, I bet they were good paying.
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:18:37 AM

More surfing less driving.
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:17:51 AM

Everything is expensive in HI
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:16:49 AM

Happy New Year!
Mikey15
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:16:27 AM

Great place to test alternative fuels

[Edited by: Mikey15 at 1/11/2013 12:16:50 PM EST]
nehemiah
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:14:45 AM

yet another reason to invest in finding more alternatives now
dylan126
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:11:10 AM

old article
municipal
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:09:18 AM

They voted for Obama and this is what happen!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:08:43 AM

2nd day for this story
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:07:31 AM

Sorry Hawaii.
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:06:45 AM

Buy mopeds
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:05:02 AM

Yep, here we go, higher prices at the pumps, think they do this just make a bigger profit us consumers. This needs to hault, and get these prices at the pump, to under two dollars a gallon.
SandeeC
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:02:43 AM

Once again big business wins over Joe Consumer. So what if he suffers? They don't care.
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