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Report - Coryton Oil Refinery, Essex - April 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The_Raw, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. The_Raw

    The_Raw 28DL Regular User
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    Coryton Refinery was an oil refinery on the estuary of the River Thames in Essex. It was a part of the Port of London and was the last of the three major refineries on the Thames Estuary to remain in operation. Output was delivered by road, sea and rail, and it was linked to Stanlow Refinery in North West England by the UK Oil Pipeline (UKOP). Refining capacity was 11 million tonnes per year or 220,000 bbl/day.

    In 2007 the plant was sold by BP to Petroplus for £714.6m (around $1.4 billion). On 24 January 2012 it was announced that Petroplus had filed for bankruptcy, putting the refinery's future into doubt. On 28 May 2012 it was announced that the refinery would close due to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the administrators, having failed to find a buyer. On 28th Feb 2013 the gas supply to the site was shut off. Around twelve hours later the flare went out, bringing to an end over 60 years of operations at the refinery.

    Visited here with @extreme_ironing. Still lots left to see although large chunks of the site have now been demolished and the rest is disappearing fast. Thankfully the cool little power plant is still standing for the time being. We spent most of our time in there and then made our way through the site to the largest structure. Sorry (not sorry) about the amount of pictures, but there's a lot to see.

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  2. Wevsky

    Wevsky A Predisposed Tourist
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    You got some belting shots with that fisheye mate ,it looks like theres more than enough to keep you busy for a good few hours
     
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    Going fast :((((( nice pics! :D
     
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    Smashing pics!
     
  5. Dempsey

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    Thats awesome mate, looks like I'll have to get my boots on earlier than expected. How long left do you reckon??
     
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    Impossible to say, it won't be gone overnight but they could start dismantling the power station tomorrow for all I know. Best to get down there quickly just in case.....
     
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    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Very crisp shots, real nice set there :thumb
     
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  8. Lenston

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    Love the fisheye chimney shots :)
     
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    Nice to see some fisheye shots that are actually in focus and not surrounded by a ridiculous black circle for once.
     
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    haha, fisheye works perfectly on the chimneys. You love that thing don't ya?
     
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    I've calmed down with it now but it does work super well in certain situations :D
     
  12. wellingtonian

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    Loving that fella. Awesome shots :thumb
     
  13. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    Bloody lovely that. Some lovely turbines there in that power house.
     
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    Don't suppose anyone noticed any savaged pigeons in the turbine hall? I was wondering what had happened to them until a fox popped out of the control room as wdw was going in and casually sauntered out through the boiler side! There was a big bird of prey flapping about too which Dempsey identified as a pern. Interesting fauna for the middle of a refinery!
     
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    Well not exactly big, but it looked like either a big kessie or Peregrin Falcon, the latter being a pretty unique find.
     
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