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Essar Oil (UK) Limited

    Essar Oil (UK) Limited is a leading player in the UK’s oil and chemical industry

    Essar Oil (UK) Limited is a subsidiary of Essar Energy Limited, which owns and operates the Stanlow Refinery located on the south side of the Mersey Estuary near Liverpool. Stanlow plays a strategic role in the national economy, supplying 16% of all UK road transport fuels. This equates to an annual production of over 4.4 billion litres of diesel, 3 billion litres of petrol and 2 billion litres of jet fuel.
    Stanlow’s process units optimise output, with over 9 million tonnes of crude oil and feed-stock processed each year, making it one of the biggest refineries in the UK. Crude oil is supplied to the refinery via a 15 mile pipeline from the company’s Tranmere facility further downstream in the Mersey estuary.
    In simple terms, we buy crude oil and process it into vital fuels such as petrol, diesel and jet fuel, together with other chemical products.
    Essar Oil UK is a major supplier in North West England with customers including most of the leading retail brands operated by the international oil companies and the hypermarkets, together with the region’s trains and buses. This effectively means that whatever mode of transport is used in the region, it is likely it could be running on fuel provided by Stanlow refinery.
    We remain the lowest cost supplier into the North West and are highly competitive in supplying adjacent markets. Stanlow also plays an important part in Britain’s petrochemical industry, by providing key feedstocks.
    The company has also moved into downstream integration, with a highly successful and award winning entry into the UK fuel retail market. With a fast growing network, the company has confirmed ambitious plans to grow its retail presence within the UK market to 400 sites over the next three years.
    Stanlow is a major regional employer with over 900 staff, an additional 500 contractors on site, and a further 5,000 people employed indirectly through the extended value chain, contributing an estimated £60 million each year to the local economy.
    At Essar Oil UK, we have an embedded safety culture, technically challenging work and provide some of the best training available in the industry. As one of the leading players in the oil and chemical industry, we are constantly looking to improve every aspect of our business.


    As a fledgling business with big aspirations for success, joining Mersey Maritime has been absolutely the right move for us. It’s meant we haven’t had to start from scratch, knocking on doors and trying to get access to the right people. Through Mersey Maritime, we’ve attended business events like Face-2-Face and have already been able to meet everyone who’s anyone in this region. It’s the best investment we have made this year!
    John Bean, Managing Director, Geo Data Systems
    Mersey Maritime is doing so much for the community and its succession planning for business is vitally important. It’s great to see Liverpool coming back as a global player – all power to your elbow!
    Simon Reynish, Chairman, CILT North West
    I come out of Mersey Maritime’s meetings with a bit of a buzz. Lots of people with the same energy and we can see what’s ahead and we want to be ready for it, be a part of it.
    Tom Coyle, Managing Director, DT Engineering Limited
    Mersey Maritime has brought the community together tremendously well.
    Colin Kershaw, Brookes Bell
    Royal HaskoningDHV is a global engineering and project design consultancy with 6500 staff working in 150 companies, but we’ve been something of a sleeping giant in Liverpool. We’re proud to be sponsors of Mersey Maritime. It enables us to be fully engaged in the cluster, with a place at the table and positioned as first choice company for new business opportunities within our areas of expertise.
    Jamie Gray, Associate Director, Royal HaskoningDHV
    Mersey Maritime provides excellent networking opportunities, allowing people to meet people, and they do exceptionally well on training and skills. My only criticism is that companies want more!
    James Douglas, ContainerPort
    Mersey Maritime is unique, there’s nothing else like it!
    Phil James, Weightmans LLP
    Back in 2008, the average age profile of the workforce at Cammell Laird was 47; so we recognised the need to address a potential skills gap up ahead. As a result of close collaboration with Mersey Maritime we‘ve committed to a long-term training programme that has seen our apprentice numbers rise from zero to more than 100. It’s put us in a much stronger position. We’re in better shape to plan for growth, we’re fulfilling a commitment to provide jobs for young people in this region and we’re revitalising the way we run our business.
    John Syvret, CEO, Cammell Laird Group
    As a founding member, Hill Dickinson is proud to support Mersey Maritime. Mersey Maritime creates and facilitates business opportunities for both its members and the wider maritime and business communities through regular networking events, lobbying and industry awards while addressing the skills gap in the maritime sector by integrating local academic resources with businesses to ensure focused training and development. Mersey Maritime has achieved so much since its inception in 2003 and continues to strive with members to ensure Merseyside’s place as the leading maritime hub.
    Colin Lavelle, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson LLP


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