A plan by Delta Air Lines to buy a Pennsylvania refinery and save itself $300 million a year in jet fuel costs is an audacious move that may prompt its competitors to follow suit in a bid to control their biggest single expense, analysts said.
But the airline may also face bigger bills than it expects for restarting the currently idle plant and more than doubling its previous output of jet fuel. Keep reading →
While gas prices soar to record levels, many U.S. refineries that make and sell gasoline are going broke. Nearly 50% of the refining capacity on the East Coast has either shut down or may shut down within the next few months. If gas shortages develop due to the closed refineries, East Coast drivers could face higher prices than they otherwise would later this year. Sunoco , which closed its Philadelphia-area Marcus Hook refinery in December and is trying to sell another facility nearby, said its refining businesses has been losing $1 million dollars a day for three years running.