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Energy costs, jet fuel drop combine to close refinery

The News Tribune -- FAIRBANKS -- Decreased jet fuel sales in Anchorage were a secondary factor into the decision to shut down a crude oil refining unit at the North Pole Refinery, which will cost 35 to 40 jobs, according to a spokesman for refinery owner Flint Hills Resources.

Jeff Cook told the Fairbanks Daily News Miner that competitors are able to sell jet fuel cheaper to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport because it costs them less to produce it.

"We cannot economically compete with refiners who can bring jet fuel into Anchorage refined at other locations with a) cheaper crude, and b) cheaper energy," Cook said.

Besides the job loss, the decision will affect the Alaska Railroad, a spokeswoman said.

Flint Hills sent 36,000 tank cars filled with 800 million gallons of product to Anchorage in it


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Submitted Apr 16, 2012 By: angel4me
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2012 3:01:45 AM

sadly, Alaskans can't afford buying fuel to fly, which there is like buying gas for your car. With few roads, flying is the only transportation unless one counts a several day long sledding expedition to the nearest food seller.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2012 3:00:21 AM

HI: you're right about the problem of competition. However, I found lots of stuff was a lot costlier than on the mainland, but even locally produced items were more costly.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 3:22:28 PM

The same problem exists in Hawai'i with milk and eggs. There is something very wrong when a product can be shipped 2000 miles and STILL compete favorably with locally grown products.
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Thank you for posting.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 7:23:09 AM

interesting
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 5:36:58 AM

ironic...
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 4:53:44 AM

More old posts.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 10:03:10 PM

I don't buy it.
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TIGERPAW46
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:23:55 PM

Its a vicious circle & it matters not from what source we get our energy; Unless you generate your own Energy from home. The less we use the more per KWH or $/Gal they charge & the less they pump, refine or the more they Export. We can't beat the system unless Gov intervenes as is their responsibility in these cases. They have to plug the holes in the system. Stop Speculators; Stop export of US energy sources, unless we have a true surplus without importing any petroleum products from OPEC. Also increase pumping oil Including Shale.
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menagerie1013
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:23:55 PM

Losing jobs is now fun.
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granitestater
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:14:05 PM

jet fuel is just K1 -- straight kerosene.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:12:58 PM

not good news.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:11:55 PM

Sad but its real. Deal with it.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:10:39 PM

not so good.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:09:03 PM

Ouch, hate to see people loose jobs
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:08:37 PM

repeat
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:07:15 PM

SHOW ME--at the pump and in lower ticket prices
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:06:44 PM

jet fuel is a lot more expensive than automotive
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:06:29 PM

Flying will be more expensive
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:05:25 PM

hmph...
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:05:15 PM

That's sad when they can bring fuel in cheaper than can be refined in state.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:05:01 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:04:12 PM

More jobs lost.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:56:55 PM

Harsh impact
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ok
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Survival of the fittest...
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Time to sell Alaska to Canada :)
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No tax dollar bailout...
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:44:43 PM

same old story.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:43:34 PM

It is a just another excuse ...
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:40:31 PM

Local news story.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:39:34 PM

IF all gas cars leave the earth, how thousands of jobs will be gone.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:39:34 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:39:19 PM

any excuse to lower supply
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Easy excuse,
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:38:24 PM

free market in action
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Ok
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Effects of a free market. Some will lose, others gain.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:23:45 PM

ok
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moderation and fair pricing is the only way to solve
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Greed rules again
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:20:49 PM

Too bad.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:18:26 PM

Refineries that run on natural gas pay around $2 per million British thermal units. Flint Hills pays $20 to $21 per million Btu because it does not have an inexpensive and ready supply of natural gas and must instead burn oil, Cook said.

Maybe they need Solar and wind on their roofs???

No just sink or swim...
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Avatar Bob!! You have NO idea what your talking about!!
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Make it a Dairy Queen. Keep the people.
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Sounds like manipulation.
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Big oil is already in govt pockets, greed and corruption at all levels.

[Edited by: LQQKGAS at 4/16/2012 11:17:15 PM EST]
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Shipping costs less than refining locally.
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gmcgas, it's not funny math just because you don't understand economics.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:11:21 PM

Seriously DEG, how much more hands-off do you want the government to be? How exactly is the government impeding the oil companies? The government is already in Big Oil's pocket.
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