ExxonMobil starts shutdown of Belgium refinery on planned strikes

18 November 2011 14:19  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--ExxonMobil has started to shut down its Antwerp refinery after workers said they were planning to strike on 23 November over pay conditions, the US-based energy major said on Friday.

“We have made preparations over the last few days and we have started to shut down some of our units, as the strikes are still expected on 23 November,” the company said.

“We cannot speculate on when the refinery will be back up and running,” it added.

ExxonMobil's Antwerp refinery has a capacity of 320,000 bbl/day, the company said.

Belgian trade unions CGSLB and FGTB were not immediately available for comment.

For more on Exxonmobil, visit ICIS company intelligence

By: Leigh Stringer
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