Stanlow Refinery
Stanlow Refinery is part of Shell Stanlow Manufacturing Complex, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England.

History
The refinery occupies nearly 1,900 acres (7.7 km 2) near the River Mersey and dates back to 1924, when a small bitumen plant was established. In the 1970s an oil pipeline was constructed from Amlwch, Anglesey to Stanlow. Crude oil was pumped ashore from tankers moored at deep-water pontoons. The pipeline closed in the early 1980s. Crude oil is now received at the Tranmere Oil Terminal on the River Mersey and is transferred via a fifteen mile (24 km) pipeline to storage at Stanlow. Output is delivered by pipeline via the UKOP pipeline, road and the Manchester Ship Canal. Stanlow and Thornton railway station serves employees and visitors of the refinery. The Stanlow refinery was reported as being for sale by the Financial Times in August 2009, with possible purchasers including India's Essar Oil, USA's Valero and the Libyan Government. The reason for the proposed sale was cited as its size (272,000 bbd), although Shell executives indicated that if no sale could be agreed, it was their intention to continue to operate the refinery and not to close it.

Statistics
Storage capacity: 2 million tonnes of crude oil and products Refining capacity: 12 million tonnes per year. The manufacturing complex employs 800 people.
  • Product output
  • petrol 3 million tonnes
  • diesel 3.5 million tonnes
  • kerosene/jet fuel 2 million tonnes
  • LPG & petrochemical feedstocks 1.5 million tonnes
  • Fuel oil 1 million tonnes


Cultural references
In 1980, the British synth pop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark featured a song about the refinery called "Stanlow" on their second album, Organisation . Jesu's 2007 album Conqueror features a track titled "Stanlow" that concerns itself with the refinery.