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Incident at Pembroke Oil Refinery


3rd June 2011 

The UK Petroleum Industry Association represents the nine main oil refining and marketing companies in the UK.

It cannot comment upon the background to the tragic incident that occurred at Pembroke Oil Refinery yesterday. A formal investigation by the Health and Safety Executive in conjunction with Chevron has been initiated. 

In the context of the industry’s operations:

All UKPIA's members share an approach which seeks to reduce the risk of accidents and of harm to people and to reduce the environmental impact of their operations.

  • The oil refining industry is tightly regulated and its major operations are licensed under the Control of Major Hazards Regulations (COMAH) by the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency and local authorities. 
  • UKPIA and its members have played an active role in process safety improvement working closely with the HSE and other organisations through the Process Safety Leadership Group.
  • UKPIA members have signed a ‘Commitment on Process Safety Leadership’, have established specialist safety networks within UKPIA’s own membership and through the Process Safety Forum exchange learnings from incidents with other industry sectors.
  • When investigation of this tragic accident has established the causes, these will be thoroughly studied and shared within the industry and other sectors through the relevant safety forums.


Enquiries to: Nick Vandervell, UKPIA Tel. 020 7269 7604

Notes to editors:

UKPIA represents nine oil refining and marketing companies that operate the 8 major oil refineries in the UK; the refineries processed 73 million tonnes of crude oil and produced 75.4 million tonnes of refined products in 2010 (Source: DECC- DUKES data).

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