Providers of contractor solutions in Lincolnshire are set for an extra busy month. The Total Lindsey Oil Refinery, which is the third largest refinery in the country, is beginning a new maintenance programme for 2013 that will place a substantial demand on the sector regionally. Around 500 different flexible workers are expected to be involved in all, with plans put in place to source more than 80% of these from regional companies. This is the first time the refinery has specifically set out to find workers from the surrounding area for its 200,000-barrels-a-day site.
General manager of Total Lindsey, Jacques Beuckelaers, is on his first British posting with the French company and is confident that the new project, which will take up around 25% of the existing site, will be an operational success and an asset to the local community. “We are doing the turnaround with a lot of local companies. We will have 500 people, more at peak, to help us to do this work. 80% of the 500 will be colleagues from the region, companies from Grimsby, Immingham, Scunthorpe and Hull,” Mr Beuckelaers said.
After a period when the refinery was under threat of closure, the long-term future looks promising. “We are looking at 250,000 working hours, and in the next four years we will have similar events with the same strategy. It will give a boost to the local economy in the coming four years,” Mr Beuckelaers added.