Philly Refinery “Mired in Debt” – Fights for Survival

In 2012, Sunoco inked a deal with The Carlyle Group to form a joint venture to keep Philadelphia’s historic refinery operating (see Sunoco & Carlyle Group Ink Joint Venture for Philly Refinery). The jv was called Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), and its CEO was the charismatic Philip L. Rinaldi, who was called “fossil Phil.” The refinery flourished–and saved 850 jobs. But PES hasn’t been without its challenges. They tried to expand their operation at the Southport Marine site in Philadelphia by leasing an additional 200 acres to build a terminal for shale oil imports and exports. But in the end, Gov. Wolf (a dunce) decided the land next to the refinery would be better used as a parking lot for imported cars coming from Japan (see PA Gov Wolf Kills Plan for PES Refinery Expansion in Philadelphia). Late last year fossil Phil decided to hang it up and retire (see PES’ Phil Rinaldi Stepping Down; Will Philly Energy Hub Die?). Can’t blame him. PES is now, according to Bloomberg, in a fight for its survival. The culprit is the exorbitant (we’d call it extortionist) fees PES must pay the federal government for something called Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs. What are they? And will they spell the end of PES?…

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