Essar Oil UK operates the Stanlow cracking refinery, which is located in Cheshire, the UK. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles more than 1,400 refineries worldwide, it is an integrated cracking owned by Essar Energy. The refinery started operations in 1924 and has a Nelson Complexity Index (NCI) of 9.84. Buy the profile here.

Key refinery processes

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 201
Vacuum Distillation (mbd): 48
Catalytic Cracker (mbd): 76
Reformer (mbd): 30
Hydrotreater (mbd): 150
Alkylation (mbd): 12

The capacity of the Stanlow refinery is expected to remain the same as 200.8mbd by 2030.

During the period 2021-2025, the Stanlow refinery cracking is expected to witness an estimated $333m of capex.

Maintenance activities at Stanlow cracking refinery

The Stanlow refinery cracking witnessed three incidents during the period 2017-2022.

Upcoming expansion project at Stanlow cracking refinery

Hydrogen Unit

Contractors involved in the refinery

Some of the key contractors for the upcoming projects at the Stanlow cracking refinery include the following.

Main EPC: SNC-Lavalin Group.

About Essar Oil UK

Essar Oil UK Ltd (Essar oil UK), a subsidiary of Essar Oil (Cyprus) Ltd, is a supplier of transport fuels and chemical products. The company supplies products that include automotive, industrial, agricultural and domestic fuels and petroleum products. It manufactures and supplies petrochemical feedstocks including propylene, propane, ethylbenzene and toluene, polymer, lubricant, and detergent intermediates, plasticizer, and detergent alcohols. The company operates Stanlow Manufacturing Complex for refinery operations and production of diesel, petrol, and jet fuel; Carrington and Tranmere oil terminals to carry out marine shipping operations. Essar Oil UK is headquartered in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, the UK.

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