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.
Stanlow contributes an estimated £60 million each year to the local economy
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 both a higher olefins plant and an alcohols complex at Stanlow on behalf of Shell.
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 polymer, lubricant and detergent intermediates, plasticiser and detergent alcohols.