Energy Minister holds second Coryton meeting

DECC held a second meeting over the future of the Coryton refinery in Essex, whose future is in question following the collapse of owners Petroplus. Energy Minister Charles Hendry welcomed […]

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By Tom Gibson

DECC held a second meeting over the future of the Coryton refinery in Essex, whose future is in question following the collapse of owners Petroplus.

Energy Minister Charles Hendry welcomed the progress at the refinery: “The deal last week that allowed petrol and diesel to be delivered to forecourts from the refinery was a crucial boost, while the crude oil delivery acquired on Tuesday was important to maintaining refining operations.

“There are critical issues to be resolved in the coming weeks. For the long term, I understand there have been over 40 expressions of interest in Coryton from companies around the world, which is extremely encouraging. Work will now focus on securing a sustainable long-term future for the refinery.”

The meeting at DECC’s Whitehall offices brought together politicians, unions and industry.