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Coryton refinery to close
THE Coryton refinery is to close putting more than 850 people out of work.
For months desperate efforts have been made to save the refinery in Corringham.
But on Monday it was finally announced that the refinery would have to close.
Workers have already been told that they will be made redundant later this week.
Around £625million would be needed to turn the refinery around.
All production at the plant, which refines oil, has been suspended.
A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: "It is disappointing that PwC has been unable to find a buyer for Coryton. This is particularly bad news for the workers at Coryton.
"I want to reassure people that there will not be any impact on fuel supply from this development.
"Continuing jetty operations at Coryton means that there should be no loss of supply through the terminal to London and the South East."
Richard Howitt, Labour MEP for Essex, said he had urged the Government to intervene "before it is too late" but said his appeal had "fallen on deaf ears".
He said: "The news is unexpected from a workforce who always believed they could succeed and flies in the face of everything we have worked hard to achieve."
Edmund King, AA president, said: "The tragedy is not only the loss of a refinery and jobs in an industry which produces some of the cheapest petrol in Europe but the question mark it raises with the UK's fuel supply resilience during bad winters and industrial action.
"The UK's fuel industry is extremely adept at shifting fuel supplies around the UK, but Coryton's loss makes that task more difficult."
mfl Page 5: 16:07Phil Whitehurst, GMB national lead officer for Engineering Construction, said: "This is a devastating blow for jobs in the local economy in Essex, for the UK energy sector and for the UK economy as a whole.
"This is yet another anarchical outcome adversely impacting on the UK's basic energy infrastructure arising from financial developments with their owners which are unrelated to UK needs."
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