Petroplus: Council leader speaks out

THURROCK Council is working hard to support the Coryton refinery in its current troubles, Cllr John Kent says.

The Leader of the Council was speaking at Wednesday (25 January) evening’s meeting of the council.

He said: “For the 850 or so people who work at the refinery and all those who work in the supply chain this is an incredibly worrying start to the new year and it goes without saying that were the refinery to close it would be a hammer blow to the economy of, not only Thurrock but, South Essex as a whole.

“We have, of course, been talking to the management at Coryton offering every help and support we are able to give and I am pleased to report the administrators, Pricewaterhouse Coopers are taking a really positive and constructive attitude towards the future of the refinery.

“The news that they intend to ‘continue to operate’ ‘without disruption’ is good news indeed.”

Cllr Kent added: “No doubt there will be some changes, but the refinery is a major player in Thurrock’s economy and the council will of course do all it can to help PricewaterhouseCoopers in its search to find a viable future for the site – indeed the Chief Executive will be at the Department for Energy and Climate Change tomorrow to support the business in a critical meeting with the minister.

“In the meanwhile I would ask that everyone in this chamber not only works to support the refinery and its staff in any way they can, but also that they scotch any malicious rumours, be they about the refinery or the supply of fuel, and check with officers for accurate details.”

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