Oil refinery jobs in the UK

Oil refineries can be found in locations across the United Kingdom. The UK oil refining industry sustains an estimated 26,000 indirect and direct jobs and is a key component of the UK energy mix particularly in the transport sector.

The majority of crude oils processed in UK oil refineries come from the North Sea, with a typical barrel of crude oil yielding 30% Diesel, 25% Petrol, 17% LPG & Speciality Products, 15% Fuel Oil & Bitumen and 13% Kerosene & Jet Fuel.

Oil refining process

The major steps in the oil refining process are described below:

  • Distillation: crude oil is separated into different refinery streams
  • Conversion: the quality of the refinery streams are improved and yields are adjusted to meet market demand
  • Desulphurisation: sulphur in the refinery streams is reduced to the required level
  • Blending: the refinery streams are blended to produce the final products meeting current regulations and specifications.

UK oil refineries

There are seven oil refineries in the United Kingdom and operating capacity at UK refineries is approximately 1.5 million bpd of crude oil. The seven UK oil refineries and their locations are listed below:

  • Lindsey oil refinery, North Lincolnshire, England
  • Fawley oil refinery, Southampton, England
  • Humber oil refinery, North Lincolnshire, England
  • Stanlow oil refinery, Cheshire, England
  • Pembroke oil refinery, Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • Milford Haven oil refinery, Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • Grangemouth oil refinery, Grangemouth, Scotland

The Grangemouth refinery is situated near the Firth of Forth in Scotland. It has a refining capacity in excess of 10 million tonnes per year and is directly connected to North Sea oil fields via the Forties Pipeline System.

Oil refinery jobs

Job positions in the oil refinery sector include:

  • Piping engineer jobs
  • Process engineer jobs
  • Electrical engineer jobs
  • Instrument engineer jobs
  • Chemical engineer jobs
  • Operations engineer jobs
  • Inspection engineer jobs
  • Mechanical engineer jobs

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