Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cllr Samantha Dixon, has issued a statement (below) regarding the potential for job losses at the Stanlow oil refinery, owned by Shell and operated by Essar.
Cllr Dixon said: “We are saddened and disappointed by the news of potential redundancies at Shell’s site in Ellesmere Port and the impact this will have on the highly skilled and motivated workforce.
“This will be an uncertain time for staff, many of whom live within our borough. We hope that job losses can be managed in the main through voluntary redundancy.”
Cllr Dixon added: “We have offered our support and will do everything we can to help those who may need to look for new employment, including work-based skills and career guidance, and linking with local companies currently recruiting.”
Stanlow is estimated to contribute around £60 million per year to the local economy. The refinery plays a strategic role, supplying 16% of all road transport fuels in the UK.
It is a major regional employer – with over 900 staff, an additional 500 on-site contractors and a further 5,000 people employed indirectly through the extended chain.
Over 180 workers are facing the possibility of redundancy after Shell announced the closure of two of its chemical plants following a serious fire.
It’s understood that Essar staff are affected by the decision, although it is too early to know how many jobs will ultimately go from the Ellesmere Port site.