GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — An oil refinery that halted operations when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit New Mexico plans to permanently close by the end of this year.
Albuquerque TV station KRQE reports Marathon Petroleum, which owns the oil refinery and employs about 220 people, told workers of the pending closure last Friday.
A spokesperson with Marathon Petroleum said in statement that “the Gallup refinery and terminal will be idled indefinitely with no plans to restart normal operations” and a phased reduction of staffing levels is expected to begin in October.
Gallup Mayor Louie Bonaguidi says it’s a devastating blow for the city of some 22,000 people since the refinery has been around for 65 years.
With the closure, New Mexico will be down to one oil refinery, that being in Artesia.