24th April 2008
For Immediate Publication
Strike Action at Grangemouth Oil Refinery, Scotland
News that talks between the Unite Trade Union and INEOS, the owners of Grangemouth Oil Refinery, have broken down is extremely disappointing, according to Chris Hunt, Director General of the UK Petroleum Industry Association.
“We had hoped for a better outcome to talks between the parties at ACAS” said Hunt.
He continued “Much depends on what has been agreed by Unite in terms of helping to keep jetties, fuel storage and road tanker loading facilities operational during the 48 hour strike on 27th and 28th April, as well as the power and steam generation facilities that will be critical to re-starting refinery operations.”
“There are stocks of fuel to keep customers supplied during the strike period and imports are being arranged to cover the post strike period when the refinery is coming back on stream. However, if petrol tankers cannot be loaded during the strike it will hamper replenishment of service stations and essential deliveries of other fuels.”
Hunt concluded “The industry hopes agreement can be reached with Unite to maintain these key facilities to avoid unnecessary disruption to consumers.”
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Notes to editors:
- UKPIA represents the oil refining and marketing companies operating in the UK, which also own approximately 2,152 of the UK's 9,271 service stations.
- UKPIA members own and operate the nine crude processing oil refineries in the UK.
- Grangemouth refinery, situated on the Firth of Forth, is part of the INEOS group and was previously owned by BP up until December 2005. The refinery has a capacity to process 10 million tonnes of crude oil per year.