Lindsey Oil Refinery
|Lindsey Oil Refinery|
|Country||England, United Kingdom|
|City||North Killingholme, North Lincolnshire|
|Capacity||200,000 bbl/d (32,000 m3/d)|
|Number of employees||500|
Lindsey Oil Refinery is an oil refinery in North Killingholme, Lincolnshire, England owned by Total S.A.. It lies to the north of the Humber Refinery, owned by rival oil company ConocoPhillips, and the railway line to Immingham Docks. The former RAF North Killingholme is a mile to the west. Immingham Power Station, also owned by ConocoPhillips, provides the electricity and heat for the fractionation processes.
History and operation
The refinery entered service in May 1968 as a joint project between Total and Fina and currently employs a permanent staff of around 500, as well as several hundred contractors on site, rising to up to several thousand during major turnaround and maintenance projects. It is named after the former Lindsey pre-1974 local government area of Lincolnshire. In 1999, Total took full control of the plant, when it bought Fina.
It processes approximately 10,000,000 tons of crude oil per year, or 200,000 barrells per day via two pipelines. This makes Lindsey Britain's third largest oil refinery. It produces around 35 types of product.
Crude oil is imported via two pipelines, connecting the 1,000-metre jetty five miles away at Immingham Dock, to the refinery.
In 2007, a distillate hydrotreater (HDS) was built. A hydrogen production unit (a steam methane reformer for the hydrotreater process) is being built, for completion in 2009. The new plant will provide sulphur-free diesel and mean different types of crude oil can be processed, that can be made in a conventional catalytic cracker or hydrocracker. It was built from June 2008 – June 2009 by Jacobs Engineering.
2009 workers dispute
On 28 January 2009, approximately 800 of Lindsey Oil Refinery's local contractors went on strike following the appointment by the Italian construction contractor IREM of several hundred European (mainly Italian and Portuguese) contractors on the site at a time of high unemployment in the local and global economy. The action attracted considerable media interest. On 19 June, it was noted that more than 900 workers have been sacked from the refinery due to recent walkouts but were reinstated after a further strike.
Following on from the poor industrial record at the plant, the following headline appeared in the Daily Telegraph on 21 April 2010: "Around 500 workers at the Lindsey oil refinery face new uncertainty over their future after Total said it needs to sell the site".
On Tuesday 29 June 2010, a fire broke out at the plant, killing one 24-year-old worker and injuring two others. The fire was believed to have originated a superheated industrial heater near the site. Total reported that firefighters had found traces of asbestos in the refinery's crude oil distillation unit three days after the initial explosion.
The refinery's presence causes a considerable amount of traffic to pass through the village of North Killingholme at the time of work shifts commencing and ending. This has caused some disputes with the refinery's neighbouring community.
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