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Refining operations

THE LINDSEY OIL REFINERY (LOR) AT KILLINGHOLME IN LINCOLNSHIRE WAS COMMISSIONED BY ITS JOINT OWNERS, PETROFINA AND TOTAL, IN MAY 1968 It was joined about a year and a half later by the adjacent Conoco (now Phillips 66) Humber refinery Read more »

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The growth of large retail dealer groups

IN 2000 THE UK HAD ONLY ONE RETAIL DEALER GROUP WITH A SITE NETWORK OF 100 SITES.  NOW THERE ARE FOUR – WITH THREE ESTABLISHED SINCE THE MILLENNIUM – ALL HAVE NETWORKS IN EXCESS OF 200 SITES Now with a Read more »

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The World Energy Outlook to 2040

TOWARDS THE END OF EACH YEAR, THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY (IEA) PRODUCES ITS CURRENT FORWARD-LOOKING VIEW OF FUTURE ENERGY PRODUCTION, PRICES AND DEMAND Published in November 2015, the latest Outlook is the first to be compiled against the background of Read more »

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The emergence and growth of Puma Energy

THIS YEAR PUMA ENERGY MADE ITS ENTRANCE INTO THE UK’S BITUMEN AND WHOLESALE MARKETS. WITH A PORTFOLIO THAT SPANS THE FULL SPECTRUM OF THE OIL PRODUCTS MARKET – RETAIL, WHOLESALE, B2B, AVIATION, MARINE BUNKERING, BITUMEN, LPG AND LUBRICANTS – PUMA Read more »

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The growth of natural gas in Ireland

WITH SIGNIFICANT NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE WORLD OF NATURAL GAS IN THE OFFING, WILL THE POSITION OF NATURAL GAS BE FURTHER CONSOLIDATED IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND? Gas in the Republic of Ireland The introduction of natural Read more »

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How does the french downstream sector compare to the UK?

Looking at the salient features of the French downstream oil sector, Inside Out found similar features and trends to those evidenced in the UK At around 65 million tonnes, the refined oil products market is of a comparable size and Read more »

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The evolution of the UK biofuels sector

SUPPLIES OF BIODIESEL IN TO THE UK MARKET COMMENCED IN 2002 WITH BIOETHANOL STARTING IN 2005, INSIDE OUT TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT THE MARKET Under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) Order, which came into effect in 2007, obligated Read more »

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The Humber refinery – a key indigenous source of supply

OVER THE PAST DECADE, CONTINUING RATIONALISATION OF THE UK’S REFINERY NETWORK HAS RESULTED IN JUST SIX PLANTS NOW SERVICING THE INLAND MARKET.  AMONG THIS MUCH DIMINISHED NETWORK – IN 1980 THERE WERE 20 PLANTS – THE HUMBER REFINERY HAS A Read more »

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The case for a UK CSO agency

With the exception of Italy and partially Sweden, the UK is almost unique among EU members in operating a compulsory oil stock holding system in which responsibility for compliance and management of the country’s Compulsory Stock Obligation (CSO) rests entirely Read more »

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Gas grid and storage facilities in the UK

The start up of gas production in 1967 from the Leman field in the North Sea heralded a very substantial and ambitious infrastructure project, spanning the 1970s and early 1980s. The construction of a national grid was designed to bring Read more »

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