01 May 2012 09:42 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Mauritius-headquartered Essar Energy is considering a reconfiguration of its Stanlow refinery in the UK, which could affect base oils production at the site, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday.
Essar Energy is looking to broaden the range of crude oils processed at its Stanlow refinery in a bid to improve margins.
It is considering a reconfiguration that would see feedstocks go into its catalytic cracking unit for fuels production rather than into base oils/lubricant manufacture.
“This would allow Stanlow to further widen its selection of crude oils, because currently, the production of lubricants, representing only two per cent of the refinery’s output, dictates choice of crudes for around 25 per cent of the refinery’s crude intake,” said the company spokesperson.
No decision has yet been made, said the spokesperson.
The Stanlow base oils unit has a nameplate capacity of 260,000 tonnes/year of Group I base oils.
Essar Energy completed the purchase of the Stanlow refinery from Shell in August 2011.
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