Hawaii fuel production uninterrupted, says Par Hawaii

Mar 20, 2020

Even industrial workplaces, like Par Hawaii's refinery, are finding ways to operate fully while adapting to best practices on social distancing to prevent the spread of the corona virus. - Tina Yuen

Responding to concerns about possible fuel shortages in Hawaii as the Islands hunker down, Par Hawaii President Jim Yates issued a statement Thursday that the refinery is "continuing to refine petroleum products, including jet fuel, gasoline, diesel, utility fuels and ship fuels, and is distributing these transportation fuels statewide."

“The coronavirus has created uncertainty in communities across our state and we realize misinformation can create more anxiety," said Yates. "There is increasing concern about our health and safety and the economic impact this will have on local businesses. We want to assure customers and communities statewide that we are continuing to make products at our refinery in Kapolei and distributing products by ground transportation, pipeline and by barge statewide."

Par Hawaii has the capacity to process up to 148,000 barrels of crude oil per day into various fuel products, as operator of the state's only petroleum refinery. It employs about 750 people and, in addition to the refinery and its supply chain, operates more than 90 retail outlets under the Hele and 76 brands.

Since petroleum processing is not entirely a "work from home" industry, PBN reached out to learn more about what Par Hawaii is doing to participate in the larger community response to the threat of coronavirus.

Efforts underway include restricting company-sponsored travel, establishing work-from-home arrangements where possible, cancelling gatherings for groups of 10 or more people and meetings in which people can't maintain 3 to 6 feet of separation, establishing protocols to keep sick workers at home and disinfect work areas if necessary, and communicating with employees their options to take sick leave or paid time off if sick or in self-quarantine.

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