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Essar Oil UK continues to build talent pipeline with arrival of new graduate intake

Stanlow, 4 October 2022:  Further to its announcement on 7 July 2022, Essar Oil UK has welcomed eight exceptional individuals to its graduate development programme, as the company continues to invest in the UK energy transition.

After a competitive selection process, the graduates, who begin their three-year graduate development programme yesterday, all come from engineering, technology and finance backgrounds and will rotate between teams every 12 months to develop a breadth of skills and consolidate areas of expertise in the refining sector.

The graduate scheme follows the recruitment of a 19-strong cohort of apprentices to Essar’s 3 ½ year apprenticeship scheme in September.  Taken together, the apprenticeship and graduate schemes demonstrate the company’s commitment to investing in the skills and talents needed to deliver on its ambition of being the UK’s first low carbon refinery and of playing a leading role in the North West’s transition to become a low carbon economy.

Jon Barden, Chief Operating Officer of Essar Oil UK, commented:

“I am proud to welcome the arrival of our new intake of graduates yesterday which demonstrates Essar’s commitment to transforming for tomorrow and investing for the future.  We look forward to developing our graduates and working with them so that they can immediately play their part as we lead the energy transition in the UK.  We are excited to be working with them as they embark on their three-year development programmes here in Stanlow.”



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About Essar in the UK

Essar Oil (UK) Ltd is committed to playing a key role in the decarbonisation of the UK economy, with ambitious plans to build a low carbon energy industrial cluster at Stanlow.  These include the construction of two new low carbon hydrogen production units on site as part of the HyNet consortium, with a planned total investment of £1 billon to deliver the hydrogen production hubs.  As well as HyNet, Essar is working with Fulcrum BioEnergy to develop a new facility to convert non-recyclable household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use by airlines operating at UK airports.  

Essar is a leading UK-focused downstream energy company whose main asset is the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex, one of the most advanced refineries in Europe situated close to the major cities of Liverpool and Manchester. Stanlow has 800 employees, and is a key strategic national asset, annually producing over 16% of the UK’s road transport fuels, while playing a key role in Britain’s broader petrochemical industry.

Since acquiring Stanlow in 2011, Essar has invested $1 billion in margin improvement and other efficiency initiatives to ensure the refinery remains competitive in a rapidly changing market. The company is a major supplier in the North West and beyond with customers including most of the major retail brands operated by international oil companies and supermarkets, Manchester Airport, leading commercial airlines and the region’s trains and buses.