15 May 2012 20:07 [Source: ICIS news]
MEP Richard Howitt said the
A temporary arrangement to maintain refining at Coryton is scheduled to expire on Wednesday.
Howitt also called on the EU to take trade measures to ensure a “level-playing field with refiners in the Middle East and
He was speaking after a meeting in
Howitt said that the meeting was told that currently eight refineries across Europe have suspended operations, and that by 2050 up to 70% of Europe’s refining capacity could close – even though the EU has already become dependent on imports of middle distillates.
"Papering over the cracks [in the European refining industry] won't save a single job,” Howitt said.
“The 1,000 workers at Coryton deserve concrete action to end the uncertainty and secure their future," he added.
Earlier in this month, oil trader Vitol and an investment firm agreed to buy Petroplus’s Cressier refinery in
Additional reporting by Leigh Stringer
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