SYDNEY, July 26 Oil refiner Caltex Australia
announced on Thursday it will close its loss-making
124,500 barrel-per-day Kurnell oil refinery in Sydney after a
Kurnell has around 430 employees and 300 contractors and
will be cut to less than 100 once the plant is closed in the
second half of 2014, Caltex said.
Combined production at the 57-year-old Kurnell refinery and
the company's Lytton refinery in Brisbane is made up of about 50
percent petrol, 30 percent diesel and 15 percent jet fuel.
Caltex said its refinery business lost A$60 million ($61.6
million) in the March quarter and wrote down the value of its
refinery assets by A$1.5 billion earlier this year.
Caltex also said it was cutting its dividend policy, from a
current payout ratio of 40-60 percent to 20-40 percent and was
looking at issuing hybrid securities.