Delta is in the oil businessBy IAG | June 25th, 2012 | Posted in Aviation News | No Comments
Delta has taken control of the Phillips 66 oil refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania. Delta becomes the first airline to move into the sector with the acquisition. The deal will see the airline revive the shuttered 185,000 barrel-per-day plant.
Analysts say the move will ease fears of a fuel supply shortfall in the north-east of the United States. The refinery was expected to begin a 50-day maintenance period beginning in early July before resuming production.
Monroe Energy, a Delta subsidiary, will spend about $100m to convert the refinery to increase jet fuel output to 52,000 barrels per day. Delta hopes the deal will lower its fuel costs, which reached nearly $12bn last year, the largest expenditure on its balance sheet.