Delek Sells Stake in California Refinery

Delek Sells Stake in California Refinery
Delek US Holdings has sold the last remaining West Coast assets it acquired with its Alon acquisition in 2017.

Delek US Holdings, Inc. reported Thursday that it expects to cut approximately $14 million in annual operating expenses after having closed the sale of its equity interests in a subsidiary that owns a refinery in Bakersfield, Calif.

“We are pleased to announce the sale of the last remaining assets located on the West Coast that were acquired through the Alon acquisition in 2017,” Uzi Yemin, Delek’s chairman, president and CEO, commented in a written statement.

In the transaction announced last week, Delek sold equity interests in its indirect wholly owned subsidiary Alon Bakersfield Property, Inc. to a unit of the Southern California-based renewables firm Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc. (GCEH) for total cash consideration of $40 million, Delek stated. In addition to the $14 million operating expense reduction, closing the sale will enable Delek to eliminate certain environmental and asset retirement liability reserves from its balance sheet, the firm added.

“The sale proceeds and the removal of liabilities from our books should help further strengthen our balance sheet while eliminating the annual expenses associated with that business,” noted Yemin.

In a separate written statement Thursday, GCEH noted that it will immediately begin retooling the Alon Bakersfield Refinery to produce renewable diesel from non-petroleum feedstocks such as camelina, used cooking oil, soybean oil and distillers’ corn oil.

“No petroleum processing of any kind will occur hereafter at the refinery, either during or following the retooling effort,” GCEH stated. “Instead, the refinery will be repurposed to become a producer of low-carbon renewable fuels that meet the needs of the California Low Carbon Fuels Standard.”

GCEH added the refinery retooling at Bakersfield should take 18 to 20 months to complete, with startup expected late next year.

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