Stanlow celebrates a century of powering Britain

Stanlow celebrates a century of powering Britain

EET Fuels, formerly known as Essar Oil UK, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Stanlow Refinery with a series of celebrations and initiatives. Established in 1924 as a bitumen production site, Stanlow has evolved into one of Europe’s most advanced refineries, playing a vital role in the UK’s energy sector.

The centenary celebration will span several months and include various events and activities honouring Stanlow’s profound contribution to the Cheshire community, the North West region, and the UK as a whole. These initiatives aim to express gratitude to the communities connected to Stanlow while reinforcing EET Fuels’ long-term commitment to support them.

Stanlow has been pivotal in powering growth and innovation across the UK’s manufacturing and transportation industries over the past century. EET Fuels will recognise the dedication of past and present colleagues who have operated the refinery, contributing to the nation’s economic prosperity.

Prashant Ruia, Chairman of EET, remarked, “Stanlow has been the cornerstone of Britain’s energy landscape for a century. We celebrate the refinery’s rich heritage and its relentless commitment to providing high-quality products and fuels. Looking ahead, our ambitious strategy aims to position Stanlow as the world’s first low carbon refinery and a leading producer of hydrogen, ensuring its significance for the next 100 years and beyond.”

Established by Shell in 1924, Stanlow expanded its operations over the years, with Essar Group acquiring it in 2011. Since then, Essar has invested over $1 billion in improvement initiatives, solidifying Stanlow’s position as a key national asset.

EET Fuels is dedicated to accelerating the UK’s low-carbon transformation, with plans to invest US$3 billion in developing low-carbon energy projects at Stanlow. This commitment aligns with the government’s decarbonisation policy, creating employment opportunities and securing the refinery’s long-term future.

Deepak Maheshwari, CEO of EET Fuels, affirmed, “Stanlow’s resilience and innovation have been its hallmark over the past century. As we embark on the next phase of our journey, we remain steadfast in our commitment to sustainability and decarbonisation, ensuring Stanlow’s continued success for generations to come.”

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9 May 2024