Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Scotland; Eastern Scotland; Falkirk
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Coke And Refined Petroleum Products
Manufacture Of Coke And Refined Petroleum Products
19.20 - Manufacture of refined petroleum products

187 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 November 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Petroineos, the UK-based oil refinery and trading company, has announced plans to cut 187 jobs at its crude oil refinery plant in Grangemouth, Scotland, in response to a decline in demand for fuels, worsened by the COVID-19 crisis.

The chief executive of the company said that the proposed changes would make the plant a 'viable longer-term business'.

A representative of the trade union Unite said the reduction of the number of jobs is 'premature' and suggested that the company should take advantage of the UK government’s decision to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until March 2021 and use the time 'to consider alternatives to job cuts'.

Petroineos was formed in 2011 as a joint venture between the British chemicals company Ineos and the Chinese state oil company PetroChina. The plant in Grangemouth is the only oil refinery in Scotland.



Eurofound (2020), Petroineos, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 102679, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102679.