180 Coryton workers to lose jobs

About 180 workers at the Coryton refinery will be made redundant next week, its administrators announced. The news comes after PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) failed to find a buyer for the Essex site earlier this year. Swiss owner Petroplus held a meeting earlier this week with the employees and the Unite union at Coryton to explain their […]

Former Russian Minister last hope for Coryton

A former Russian energy Minister is bidding to stop the Coryton refinery from closing down, according to newspaper reports. The news comes after the UK Government announced last week that it won’t be providing the refinery any support. Igor Yusufov emerged as the sole bidder for the bankrupt refinery and could potentially save the jobs […]

‘RIP Coryton’ wreath presented at protest

Coryton workers unveiled a RIP wreath at a protest today against the closure of the refinery. The wreath made by a local florist in the Essex town of Corringham summed up the sombre mood. Labour MEP Richard Howitt, (pictured right), who has helped campaign against the shutdown, joined the protest this morning. He tweeted: “Colours […]

Coryton refinery expects “substantial” redundancies

The Essex refinery at Coryton is about to close with administrators expecting a “substantial number of redundancies” from the 500 strong workforce over the next few months. Administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers spoke to over 100 possible investors and purchasers but were unable to reach a deal. The Coryton plant in Essex was put into administration in February […]

Coryton refinery gets three month deal

The Coryton oil refinery in Essex has signed a three month agreement with three firms to keep it operational. The plant’s owners Petrolplus filed for insolvency last month, which threatened the future of one of the south east’s largest fuel suppliers. The administrators, PricewaterhouseCoopers, said in a statement: “This arrangement allows the refinery to continue […]

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 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 […]

Energy Minister promises support for Essex refinery

Energy Minister Charles Hendry chaired a meeting with potential new owners for the Coryton oil refinery in Essex in order to prevent its closing down. Earlier this week, the plant’s owners Petroplus filed for insolvency, which has put the future of the major refiner into doubt. Mr Hendry said: “Coryton has strong advantages as a […]

Coryton: oil systems go

Workers at the troubled Coryton oil refinery in Essex are going back into work, as news broke that the plant is now in administration. Union Unite said staff would work through the night to get the plant back up to speed, easing fears of an imminent fuel crisis for the south east of the country. […]

“1,000 jobs are at risk” as Unite search for new owners for refinery

The union Unite says it is looking to safeguard the 1,000 jobs “at risk” from the closure of the Coryton oil refinery in Essex. Its owners, Swiss-firm Petroplus, have filed for bankruptcy, putting the long-term existence of the plant and the jobs of its staff into question. Linda McCulloch, Unite’s national officer said the union […]

Essex refinery hit by Petroplus closure

A major UK oil refinery in Essex is under threat of closure after news broke that its parent oil company Petroplus announced it would file for bankruptcy. Should the plant shut down commentators say London’s supplies could be dangerously low and many jobs could be lost. The plant, which processes 175,000 barrels of crude oil […]