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As you drive along the A55 at night time you might see a tall tower with three red lights in the distance. This is Stanlow Refinery in Ellesmere Port.
“Stanlow from a distance – geograph.org.uk – 684459” by Andrew Jones. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
The refinery is situated on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal, which is used to transport seaborne oil for refining and chemicals for Essar and Shell and it is the second largest in the United Kingdom after Fawley Refinery, and produces a sixth of the UK’s petrol needs.
In the petrol crisis of 2000, Stanlow Refinery was targeted by protesters.