Refinerías petroleras cierran plantas al caer la demanda
November 13, 2020 - El apetito global por el petróleo ha caído casi un tercio desde el inicio de la pandemia de Covid-19, obligando a las firmas petroleras a cerrar refinerías en la creencia de que la demanda no volverá a sus niveles prepandemia.
Oil refineries are being permanently closed in Asia and North America, with plants in Europe facing an uncertain future, because fuel demand has tumbled since the coronavirus pandemic swept the world.
Fuel demand fell by almost a third when the pandemic first took hold in the spring, but consumption is not returning and major oil companies now believe that lower levels of transport are here to stay.
Additional factors such as the growing popularity of electric vehicles, numerous national plans to phase out petrol and diesel engine vehicles, and the increase in green energy initiatives mean there are simply more oil refineries in the world today than demand necessitates.
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