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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Chevron restructuring expected to have little impact on Hawaii operations

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Chevron Corp. said Tuesday, March 9, 2010, it will cut 2,000 jobs this year and will continue reducing its work force through 2011.

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The Hawaiçi operations of Chevron Corp. are expected to be largely or entirely excluded from a plan by the global oil refiner to cut 2,000 jobs this year.

Chevron announced its workforce reduction plan today as part of a global restructuring, but did not detail where jobs cuts will be made.
Al Chee, Chevron’s spokesman in Hawaiçi, said he expects minimal or no impact from the plan on the company’s roughly 300 employees here.
Chee said Chevron undertook a study last year to see whether it made sense to convert its oil refinery in Kapolei to a terminal that receives refined fuel via ship, and concluded that maintaining the refinery made more sense.
“Our plan is to continue to operate our refinery,” he said.
Though Chevron hasn’t decided where exactly the job cuts will be made, Chee said he doubts there will be much of an impact in Hawaiçi.
“I think we have the right size workforce here in Hawaiçi at this time,” he said.
Chevron anticipates completing the restructuring by the third quarter, according to company spokesman Lloyd Avram. Additional cuts are expected next year.
The job cuts represent almost 12 percent of Chevron’s 17,000 workers in the so-called downstream part of its business and just over 3 percent of its overall work force.