IN a comment on the news from the administrators that the Coryton oil refinery in Essex is to be used solely as an import terminal in a joint venture by Royal Vopak, Greenergy and Shell UK, local Essex Euro MP Richard Howitt says,
“This is a devastating final blow for the workers and their families in Coryton and represents the loss of hundreds of skilled jobs and of strategic oil refining capacity in the UK.”
Richard Howitt MEP, who has worked for six months to bring together a consortium of energy trade unions and politicians across Europe to help the ailing plant, adds,
“Unlike in France, the government here offered absolutely no support.
“The other refineries across Europe that were owned by the bankrupt Petroplus are in the process of being saved.
“Everyone here now feels let down and left out of a process that began with reports of expressions of interest from many companies interested in taking over the refinery.”