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Diesel Fuel: Refineries

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Sarah Wollaston Sarah Wollaston Conservative, Totnes

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps the Government is taking to increase the UK’s diesel refining capacity.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department recognises that petroleum products will remain a major component of the UK’s primary energy mix for at least the next 20 years. We are working with other Government Departments and the UK refining industry to develop a strategic policy framework for the UK refining sector. Part of this work will consider a number of future development scenarios for UK refining, including enhanced diesel and jet fuel manufacturing capacity, in terms of their potential security of supply and wider economic implications, and will examine the range of EU and UK policies that impact upon the sector.

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