Total jobs boost at Lindsey Oil Refinery
TWENTY four new jobs are being created at Lindsey Oil Refinery.
A new structure to the business behind the North Killingholme plant has provided the boost.
Total LOR is to become a separate operating company as of spring 2013, and will take over the day-to-day management of the refining business, storage terminals and logistics infrastructure in Britain.
The re-organisation comes a year after a decision was made by Total headquarters to retain the 220,000 barrel a day capacity plant, where more than £600 million has been invested in recent years, and follows an autumn period that saw profits returned to the South Bank giant for the first time in four years.
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It means that not only will it incorporate the 1,000 strong team of employees and contractors, but also include the employees and management operations at terminals across the UK, as well as a commercial sales team currently based in Watford.
New general manager Jacques Beuckelaers, who has taken over from Nigel Tranter, now general manager at Port Arthur in Texas, USA, said: "The ambition of Total LOR is to be a truly customer-focused organisation, which will provide the best quality products with a first-class service.
"The new organisation will streamline our services so that there is a direct link from the refinery, to storage and then on to our customers. It will also mean that we can bring product to market more easily and efficiently, increasing our ability to respond quickly and flexibly."
The 500-acre North Killingholme refinery emerges as the central point for the refining and logistics operations in the UK within the chemical and refining branch of the group.
Operational since the late Sixties, it processes more than 20 different types of crude oil, and features some of the most advanced refining and conversion processes in Europe.
Road fuels are the main thrust of activity, but heating and aviation oil is also part of the mix.
Much of the investment was in the HDS 3 unit that came online in 2011, producing ultra low sulphur products to the highest environmental standards.
Mr Beuckelaers, an engineer by profession, has been with Total for 30 years and worked in Germany and France after climbing the career ladder at a refinery in his Belgium homeland.
He believes performance at LOR can be further enhanced, and that now is the time to capitalise on the investment that has been made on the South Bank.
He said: "We see potential for more improvements that will optimise the refinery even further.
"Now is really the moment to maximise our performance using this great asset. We need to maintain the focus on safe, reliable and excellent operations and automatically performance will improve. That is what we have to do."