Press release

Evidence sought for UK refining and fuel import sectors review

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A call for evidence has been launched to inform a review of the long-term role of the UK’s refining and fuel import sectors.

Press Release 2013/048

A call for evidence has been launched to inform a review of the long-term role of the UK’s refining and fuel import sectors.

The UK market is currently well supplied by both domestically refined and imported oil products but the Government is considering how, in the light of a changing market, our demand for refined oil products is likely to be met over the next few decades.

Energy Minister Michael Fallon said:

“Refined oil products will continue to play an important role in our society as we move to a low carbon economy. The DECC refining review will look at the refined oil product market to ensure it remains resilient, and also supports jobs and economic development in the long-term. Gathering good evidence from across industry and other stakeholders is the first step in this process.”

The review will assess the contribution both the domestic and imported refining sectors make to: the economy; jobs and skills development; and environmental protection; as well as the impact of policy and the regulatory framework on competitiveness.

The Call for Evidence will run for eight weeks, with conclusions published towards the end of the year.

Notes for Editors

  1. For more information about the call for evidence visit the Call for evidence page on GOV.UK
  2. The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee has launched its own inquiry into the UK Refining Sector. DECC will have regard to all published evidence to the Select Committee.