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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Essar
  • Website:
  • Location: South of the Mersey estuary near Ellesmere Port, UK
  • Capacity: 13.5 million tons/annum & 270,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity: 8.2
  • Refining Depth:

Brief Description

  • A large medium complexity refinery with a high gasoline and middle distillate yield

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation
  • Vacuum Distillation
  • Fluidised catalytic cracker,
  • Alkylisation unit
  • Platformer
  • Hydrodesulphurisation plant

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:
  • Total: 2 million tonnes of crude oil and products

Crude Supply

  • The refinery's crude oil arrives by tanker to Tranmere Oil Terminal on the south bank of the River Mersey. The crude oil is pumped from Tranmere through a pipeline to storage tanks at Stanlow, 15 miles away.
  • The crude is sourced mainly from the North Sea

Products Produced

  • Petrol (3m tonnes)
  • Diesel (3.5m tonnes)
  • Kerosene & Jet Fuel (2m tonnes)
  • LPG & Petrochemical Feedstocks (1.5m tonnes)
  • Fuel Oil (1m tonnes)

Ongoing Projects

  • In 2014 Stanlow is embarking on an estimated US$100 million cost improvement programme

Other Information

  • Stanlow was Shell's only remaining UK refinery before Essar Energy of India purchased the plant


  • 1924 - A small bitumen plant came into operation
  • 1974 - Addition of new crude oil unit
  • 1988 - The long residue fluid catalytic cracking unit is commissioned
  • 2009 - Shell decided to sell and began to search for a buyer
  • 2011 - Essar Energy purchases the refinery and related businesses for $1.3 billion
  • 2014 - Essar announces it will mothball one of the columns

Relevant Links

  1. Shell, UK, Oil Products
  2. Information from UKPIA
  3. Institute of Petroleum
  4. Essar bids for Shell's Stanlow refinery
  5. Shell receives offer for Stanlow refinery in the UK
  6. Shell sells UK Stanlow refinery to Essar Oil (UK) Limited
  7. Essar Energy enters exclusivity agreement and offers US$350 million for Stanlow refinery
  8. Essar Energy completes acquisition of Stanlow oil refinery
  9. Essar Energy Interim Management Statement for the quarter ended 31 December 2013 - Refining and Marketing UK

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