Inside out

Task force to take action on UK refining and fuel import issues

Reflecting the government’s position on refining, the statements below are taken from the ministerial foreword from DECC’s recently published review into refining and fuel imports. Oil demand will reduce in the coming decades, but by 2030 the UK is still Read more »

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No easy decisions at Whitegate

Oil remains the most dominant source of primary energy supply in Ireland, accounting for around 60% of overall energy consumption; double that of economies such as Germany, France and the UK. With oil playing such a key role in Ireland’s Read more »

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Strategic supply from Britain’s largest refinery

Refining activity at Fawley dates back to the early 1920s when a small facility of around 12,000 barrels per day (bpd) with 600,000 metric tonnes (mt) annual distillation capacity was commissioned. The facility supplied just under 7% of the country’s Read more »

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A vertically challenged market

Since the late 80s, the UK oil market has seen a gradual shift away from domination by the oil majors and mini majors. Their rationalisation and repositioning created a vacuum now filled by importers and wholesalers such as Greenergy, Harvest Read more »

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A critical role for Stanlow

It also has 1.8 million metric tonnes (mt) of catalytic reforming and 3.8 million mt of fluid catalytic cracking capacity, placing it in the category of medium complexity, with a Nelson Complexity Index of 8.2. Storage capacity for crude oil Read more »

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Ireland’s downstream oil infrastructure

The 22nd September 1959 was a red letter day in the annals of Irish refining, with the official inauguration of the country’s only refinery at Whitegate, near Cork city. Jointly owned by four major suppliers – BP, Esso, Shell and Read more »

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Shared deliveries …

Up until the mid 1980s, oil companies in the UK were self sufficient in the ownership and management of their road tanker fleets. In 1985 a wind of change started to blow when Amoco decided to outsource its mainline delivery operations Read more »

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The integrity of the UK oil supply system

Indigenous refinery production v inland market demand Since 2000, diesel imports have risen from 16% of inland consumption to 44% and kerosene from 33% to 54%. By contrast, the share of motor spirit production exported has risen from 20% to Read more »

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The changing world of the oil trader

A ‘balancing role’ From its early days in the late 19th century, the companies which we associate with the oil industry have become household names – Exxon, Shell, BP, Chevron, Total, etc. These vertically integrated international oil companies (IOCs) have Read more »

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Marine bunkering – fuel for a vital activity

 If international trade is deemed to be the lifeblood of economic activity, then its principal means of transportation, by sea, is a critical enabler; at the latest count, shipping conveyed approximately 90% of world trade by volume Worldwide the marine Read more »

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