HOUSTON (Reuters) -Layoffs of hourly staff at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s shuttered Convent, Louisiana, refinery are scheduled to start on the final day of February, stated sources accustomed to plant operations.
The subsequent spherical of layoffs is scheduled for March 31, the sources stated.
A Shell spokesman didn’t reply to a request for remark.
About 350 hourly staff will go away jobs they’ve carried out for years on the 211,146 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery positioned 46 miles (74 km) west of New Orleans.
Dwindling numbers of staff will stay on the refinery into the third quarter of 2021, sources have instructed Reuters.
Initially, they are going to be engaged in clean-up and preparation of items for an prolonged outage as Shell continues providing the plant on the market.
By mid-February, staff being laid off at Convent will know if they’ve been picked to fill open positions on the firm’s refinery in Norco, Louisiana, or chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana, the sources stated.
The United Steelworkers union (USW), representing hourly staff, and Shell agreed in late November that staff will likely be paid three weeks for yearly of service with a minimal of 12 weeks and a most of 78 weeks, sources accustomed to the settlement instructed Reuters in November.
Shell accomplished the ultimate shutdown of the refinery on Sunday.
Shell introduced on Nov. 5 it could be shuttering the refinery after makes an attempt to promote the plant between July and October had been unsuccessful.
The refinery grew to become unprofitable as COVID-19 unfold throughout america within the late winter and spring, chopping demand for motor fuels as auto and air journey was lowered to a trickle.
Reporting by Erwin Seba; Enhancing by Tom Brown and Daniel Wallis