It’s a cracker for Essar

Moving the load was a complex technical operation - it took six hours to transport the head from Ellesmere Port docks to the refinery four miles away

Moving the load was a complex technical operation – it took six hours to transport the head from Ellesmere Port docks to the refinery four miles away

Vital to Stanlow’s annual production of three billion litres of petrol, Essar Oil (UK) recently took delivery of a 450 tonne steel regenerator head for its residue catalytic cracking unit.

Its delivery is part of a planned £23million refurbishment project for the unit, which is the largest of its kind in Europe. The unit is being prepared for a major refurbishment later this year, of which the replacement of the giant head is a key element. It will give the refinery unit another 25 years of life.

Volker Schultz, chief executive officer, said: “The project represents a significant multi-million pound investment and is further proof of our determination to ensure Essar Oil UK is sustainably profitable and growing moving forward.

“The Stanlow refinery – the UK’s second largest refinery producing 15% of the UK’s transport fuels – is a major economic driver in the north west and this is a clear demonstration of our confidence in its future growth.”

 www.essar.com

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