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Shell Sells Washington Refinery To HollyFrontier

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HollyFrontier is to buy the Puget Sound Refinery, the on-site cogeneration facility and related logistics assets, from Equilon Enterprises (doing business as Shell Oil Products US) for $350m, plus hydrocarbon inventory estimated to be worth $150m – 180m.

The Puget Sound Refinery is strategically located on approximately 850 acres in Anacortes, Washington, approximately 80 miles north of Seattle and 90 miles south of Vancouver. The 149,000 barrel per day (bpd) facility is a complex refinery with catalytic cracking and delayed coking units.

In addition to refining assets and an on-site cogeneration facility, the transaction includes a deep-water marine dock, a light product loading rack, rail terminal, and storage tanks with approximately 5.8 million barrels of crude, product and other hydrocarbon storage capacity.

Mike Jennings, president and CEO of HollyFrontier commented, “We are excited to announce the acquisition of the Puget Sound Refinery, an asset with a strong record of financial and operational performance. We believe that the Puget Sound Refinery will complement our existing refining business, with sales into premium product markets and advantaged access to Canadian crude. We are committed to the continued safe and environmentally responsible operations of the facility and welcome Puget Sound’s highly skilled workforce to the HollyFrontier family.”

HollyFrontier expects to fund the acquisition with a one-year suspension of its regular quarterly dividend and cash on hand and expects the transaction to be immediately accretive to HollyFrontier’s earnings per share and free cash flow.

HollyFrontier expects the transaction to close in the fourth quarter 2021, subject to regulatory clearance and other customary closing conditions.

For more information visit: www.hollyfrontier.com