United Kingdom
North West; Cheshire; Cheshire CC
Location of affected unit(s)
Ellesmere Port
Manufacture Of Coke And Refined Petroleum Products
Manufacture Of Coke And Refined Petroleum Products
19.20 - Manufacture of refined petroleum products

180 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 December 2018
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Essar Oil UK has announced that it is to cease production in two chemical units at its oil refinery in Ellesmere Port, leading to the loss of 180 jobs. The site is owned by oil company Shell, though it is managed and run by Essar Oil under a management agreement. The chemical units were damaged by fire in August 2018 and it has been decided by Shell that it is not economically viable to repair or replace them. A spokesperson for the local council pledged to support the affected workers in their search for new employment.  The timeframe for the job losses has not been confirmed. 



Eurofound (2018), Essar Oil UK, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 96268, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/96268.