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Oil refinery 'at 30% capacity'

Tuesday January 31st 2012

Union sources have claimed that an oil refinery which has entered administration is only working at 30% capacity as concerns persist over possible cuts to the workforce.

Coryton refinery in Essex, which supplies 20% of fuel in London and the South East region, has had no deliveries of crude oil for days even though petrol delivery trucks have started leaving the facility again following a shutdown, the sources added.

Swiss owner Petroplus put the refinery into administration and stopped sales, leading to fears of up to 1,000 job losses at the site.

GMB general secretary Paul Kenny said: "Instead of David Cameron telling other countries how to run the euro, he should step in to avoid the possibility that this refinery will have to shut down for a short period if, as feared, it runs out of crude oil.

"Coryton is crucial to the economy of London and the South East. The Government has an absolute duty to avoid the economic chaos that would follow a possible shutdown for workers and businesses."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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