Stanlow Refinery

Stanlow Refinery

Stanlow Refinery is part of Shell Stanlow Manufacturing Complex, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England.


The refinery occupies nearly convert|1900|acre|km2 near the River Mersey and dates back to 1924, when a small bitumen plant was established.citeweb|url=|title=Interactive Guide to UK Refineries: Stanlow (Shell)||accessdate=28 August|accessyear=2007]

In the 1970s an oil pipeline was constructed from Amlwch, Anglesey to Stanlow. Crude oil was pumped ashore from tankers moored at deep-water pontoons. The pipeline closed in the early 1980s. []

Crude oil is now received at the Tranmere Oil Terminal on the River Mersey and is transferred via a fifteen mile (24 km) pipeline to storage at Stanlow. Output is delivered by pipeline via the UKOP pipeline, road, rail, and the Manchester Ship Canal.

Stanlow and Thornton railway station serves employees and visitors of the refinery.


Storage capacity: 2 million tonnes of crude oil and products ]
Refining capacity: 12 million tonnes per year. The manufacturing complex employs 800 people.

*Product output
*petrol 3 million tonnes
*diesel 3.5 million tonnes
*kerosene/jet fuel 2 million tonnes
*LPG & petrochemical feedstocks 1.5 million tonnes
*Fuel oil 1 million tonnes

Cultural references

In 1980, the British synth pop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark featured a song about the refinery called Stanlow on their second album, "Organisation".

Jesu's 2007 album Conqueror features a track entitled "Stanlow" which concerns itself with the refinery.


[ Amlwch]

External links

* [ Shell]

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