Task force discusses options as Tesoro refinery closure nears

Tesoro Refinery

In just two weeks, Tesoro’s oil refinery will shut down.

A new task force tackled what that will mean for the state at its first meeting on Wednesday.

The Hawaii Refinery Task Force is made up of 29 members from the public and private sectors, tasked with identifying ways the state can ensure fuel supply and pricing concerns are addressed.

The group will have to present recommendations to the governor within 60 days of the refinery’s closure.

“Instead of importing crude oil, we will be bringing in finished products and will have access to all the refining capacity in the world really to supply those products and bring them in, given our location,” said Tom Weber, Tesoro Hawaii.

Tesoro has been in talks with interested parties, but so far no one has come forward to buy the company’s assets.

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