To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the implications of recent developments in the processing of crude oil at the Coryton refinery for (a) the competitiveness of the UK and (b) the effectiveness of the supply chain in the oil, gas and petroleum industries; and what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on this matter.
It is disappointing that a buyer has not yet been found for the Coryton refinery. This reflects a general overcapacity in the European refining sector. An assessment of the economic impact on the area has been commissioned by a task force set up by Thurrock council. On the supply chain, the south-east is served by other supply points that enable suppliers to develop and implement existing contingency plans to maintain their supply operations.
The Department has kept in regular contact with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills about developments at the refinery.