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Oct 17, 2013

Ineos gives Grangemouth workers pension ultimatum

LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Ineos said on Thursday that the
Grangemouth refinery and petrochemical plant it operates in
Scotland can only re-open if workers next week accept cuts in
pensions benefits and changes to union representation.

The company and its workforce remain entrenched in a bitter
dispute that could end in the closure of a second UK refinery in
two years after Coryton, in the east of England, shut in 2012.

Oct 17, 2013

Grangemouth can reopen if workers accept pension cuts-Ineos

* Ineos proposes pension cuts

* Says cost cutting vital for plant’s survival

* Workers have until Monday to respond

By Simon Falush

LONDON, Oct 17(Reuters) – Ineos said on Thursday that the
Grangemouth refinery and petrochemical plant it operates in
Scotland can re-open next week if workers accept cuts in
pensions benefits and changes to union representation.

Ineos said on Wednesday that it was closing the 210,000
barrel per day refinery, and that no move to re-open it would
begin until they had a response from workers to proposed changes
to terms and conditions.

Oct 17, 2013

Oil falls towards $110 hit by stock build, Iran progress

LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Oil fell towards $110 a barrel on
Thursday, as U.S. inventory data pointed to a well-supplied
market, and as investors took money off the table ahead of a
deluge of data held back by a government shut-down in the United
States.

Progress in talks over Iran’s nuclear programme also helped
pressure crude oil futures since an agreement with the West
could bring more of its oil into the market.

Oct 16, 2013

Grangemouth refinery shut, reopening uncertain-Ineos

LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – A refinery that provides most of
Scotland’s fuel and is crucial to the pumping of crude oil from
the North Sea has been shut down and whether or not it reopens
is uncertain, its operator Ineos said on Wednesday.

The company said earlier this week it had begun winding down
operations at the 210,000 barrel a day refinery and
petrochemical complex ahead of a planned strike by Unite union
members over the treatment of a union representative. Unite
called the strike off earlier on Wednesday.

Oct 16, 2013

Strike at UK’s Grangemouth refinery called off -union

LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – A strike at the Grangemouth
refinery in Scotland, which was due to start on Oct. 20, was
called off by the Unite union on Wednesday, although the dispute
that caused the action remained unresolved.

The refinery provides most of the fuel for Scotland, and is
also crucial to the pumping of crude oil from the North Sea.

Oct 15, 2013

UK refinery strike talks resume, Forties flows could suffer

LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Talks to avert a 48-hour strike
at the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland resumed on Tuesday amid
an atmosphere of hostility between operator Ineos and the Unite
union, raising the chances of disruption to North Sea crude oil
flows.

Concerns are growing that a walkout at the 210,000 barrel
per day refinery will lead to a repeat of a similar strike in
2008 that interrupted flows of crude through the Forties
Pipeline System (FPS), pushing up Brent crude oil futures.

Oct 11, 2013

Workers at UK’s Grangemouth refinery to stage 48-hour strike

LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Workers at the Grangemouth
refinery and petrochemical plant operated by Ineos
in Scotland will go on a 48-hour strike from Sunday Oct. 20, a
union source said, potentially disrupting the flow of Brent
crude from the North Sea.

The shutdown is likely to force a closure of the North Sea’s
Forties Pipeline System as the Kinneil oil processing terminal,
where oil from the Forties field comes ashore, relies on
Grangemouth for its steam and power.

Oct 10, 2013

Oil rises to $110 on Libyan PM’s kidnapping

LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Crude oil rose to $110 per barrel
on Thursday as the kidnapping of Libya’s prime minister delayed
the prospect of a further recovery in production from the North
African nation.

Brent futures were $1.01 higher at $110.07 per
barrel at 0817 GMT.

Gunmen from a former rebel faction kidnapped Libyan Prime
Minister Ali Zeidan on Thursday in reprisal for the government’s
role in the U.S. capture of a top al Qaeda suspect.

Oct 3, 2013

Oil slips towards $109 on U.S. shutdown

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Crude oil slipped to around $109 a
barrel on Thursday on worries that a prolonged U.S. government
shutdown would hurt demand in the world’s biggest oil consumer.

President Barack Obama met with Republican and Democratic
leaders in Congress to try to break a budget deadlock that has
shut wide swaths of the federal government, but after more than
an hour of talks no breakthrough emerged.

Sep 30, 2013

Ineos unveils Grangemouth ‘survival plan’ with job cuts

LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Ineos announced what it described as a “survival
plan” on Monday to keep in operation the petrochemical plant attached to its
refinery in Grangemouth, Scotland, involving job cuts and changing pension plans
to reduce costs.

The company would not specify the level of job cuts but said the closure of
a naphtha cracker by 2015 and other parts of the plant would lead to a loss of
headcount.

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      "I am a senior correspondent at Reuters in London, working on the energy desk covering the oil market, both physical and futures, with a particular focus on oil products. I have been at Reuters since January 2007, and did stints on the foreign exchange and stockmarkets desk before moving to commodities. I sometimes write lifestyle pieces, and have a particular interest in food and literature."
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