Refinery Business Petroplus Comments Shutdown of Coryton Refinery

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Petroplus confirmed the shutdown of its Coryton Refinery in Essex, England. According to the Swiss holding company, commercial operations will resume in a few days.

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Coryton Refinery on the River Thames estuary. The Petroplus refinery is currently shut down due to fouling in the FCC wet gas compressor. (Picture: Wikimedia)
Coryton Refinery on the River Thames estuary. The Petroplus refinery is currently shut down due to fouling in the FCC wet gas compressor. (Picture: Wikimedia)

Shell Haven Creek, England/UK – A fouling at the FCC wet gas compressor was the reason for the shutdown of the last remaining refineries on the Thames Estuary, Petroplus officials stated. Repairs have been completed, the company said, and normal operation will begin again in a few days. Petroplus therefor revised the throughput guidance for the fourth quarter 2011 is 140-150 mbpd.

Petroplus Holdings is the largest independent refiner and wholesaler of petroleum products in Europe. Petroplus focuses on refining and currently owns and operates five refineries across Europe: the Coryton Refinery in the United Kingdom; the Antwerp Refinery in Belgium; the Petit Couronne Refinery in France; the Ingolstadt Refinery in Germany; and the Cressier Refinery in Switzerland. The refineries have a combined throughput capacity of approximately 667,000 barrels per day. Coryton Refinery, with a nameplate capacity of, 10 million tonnes per year mostly produces petrol, diesel and jet fuel for the British market. The refinery was acquired by Petroplus from BP in 2007.

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