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Essar is investing to make our refinery at Stanlow, the UK’s first low carbon refinery.
Sited on a 770 hectare industrialised area of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, Stanlow benefits from its close proximity to major north-west metropolises, a robust configuration and reliable, well maintained assets.
The refinery plays a strategic role in the UK economy, supplying 16% of all road transport fuels. It is also a major regional employer with over 900 staff, an additional 800 on site contractors and a further 5,000 people employed indirectly through the extended value chain.
The UK’s first low carbon hydrogen facility will be built at Stanlow and will sit at the heart of the HyNet low carbon cluster, to produce a total of 1GW per year of hydrogen, across two units, from 2026. This is equivalent to the domestic heating energy used by a major British city region, such as Liverpool.
Stanlow contributes an estimated £60 million each year to the local economy and will house the UK's first low carbon hydrogen facility.
Crude oil is supplied to the refinery via a 15 mile pipeline from the company’s Tranmere facility further downstream in the Mersey Estuary. The Tranmere Oil Terminal, with its two dedicated jetties, can handle Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) tankers loaded with up to 170,000 tonnes of crude. It also enables the import of large parcels of diesel.
Stanlow’s reconfigured and optimised single train operation delivers significant upgrading capability and produces an above average proportion of middle distillates, principally diesel and jet fuel, helping to address the significant and growing deficit in the UK and Europe.
Stanlow also plays an important part in Britain’s petrochemical industry, providing feedstocks such as toluene, propylene and ethylbenzene. In addition, Essar Oil UK operates an integrated terminal and marine facility at Stanlow and Tranmere on behalf Stanlow Terminals.
Stanlow has a highly efficient distribution capability for refined end products:
Essar Oil UK remains the lowest cost supplier into the North West and is highly competitive in supplying adjacent markets.
The chemicals manufacturing plants uses technologically-advanced process units to produce propylene and turn ethylene, benzene, hydrocarbons and other feedstocks into a wide range of polymer and other products.