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Author Topic: Closure of BP Oil Refinery Isle of Grain.  (Read 4751 times)

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Re: Closure of BP Oil Refinery Isle of Grain.
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2011, 16:46:30 »
i remember it well as my dad drove BP petrol tankers at the time, from memory the operation moved to shell haven.

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Closure of BP Oil Refinery Isle of Grain.
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2011, 20:49:55 »
Following on from another topic on the Forum that deals with the closure of Chatham Dockyard. another serious economic blow to the Medway towns around the same time was the closure of BP's Oil Refinery, when it closed in August 1982. At its operational peek, it processed 10 million tons of crude oil a year , and fed the near-by Grain Power Station which was the largest oil-fired power station in Europe when it was built. The Isle of Grain was on my area for 14 years and the closure was devastating for its residents and to this day, even with the arrival of Thamesport, it has never fully recovered.


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