Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,436 pages of information and 245,908 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Fawley Refinery

From Graces Guide
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1921 The first refinery on the site was developed by the Atlantic Gulf and West Indies Petroleum Company.

Esso Petroleum Co acquired Atlantic Gulf and West Indies Petroleum

1951 Esso opened a new refinery on the site. It was one of the new refineries erected in this country since the war and came into operation in 1951. The output was 6,500,000 tons of petroleum products annually including 1 ,500,000 gallons of petrol per day. Post-war activity in building refineries in this country had been stimulated by the fact that the United States became a net importer of oil so that Great Britain was more dependent than formerly on Middle East sources; and by the post-war need to conserve dollars. The Fawley refinery cost £37,500,000 to build. Every major oil product was manufactured there except high octane fuel for aircraft. [1]

Today the refinery processes 330,000 barrels of crude oil every day, providing 20 per cent of the UK's total refining capacity.

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