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Business Water Use In The
Petroleum Refining Industry

Petroleum Refining Water Management

The British refining industry, situated on the shores and estuaries around the country, is a vital element of the country’s fuel supply landscape. There are six major refineries in the United Kingdom, whose combined output was 60.6 million metric tons as of 2019.

About 280,000 people in Britain are employed in the business of oil and gas services. 

Water Sustainability In The Petroleum Refining Industry

Questions of water sustainability are taken into account from the very beginning when choosing where to place a petroleum refinement complex. The area is then concreted and asphalted to ensure no soil contamination from crude oil.

The drilling site must be hermetically sealed, i.e. completely sealed and provided with a surrounding channel system and a different waste site than the municipal wastewater. Any processed wastewater liquids and rainwater may not penetrate the ground, and all liquids are channelled into a secure concrete basin and disposed of professionally.

Water Usage In The Petroleum Refining Industry

Between 0.34 and 0.47 barrels of water are used per barrel of crude oil in refining petroleum.

There are high standards for safety both in existing refineries near drinking water and in those projected for build. However, it should be added that there are no new petroleum refineries planned for the UK as of 2022.

Water is used at petroleum refineries in many ways, including hydraulic press usage and cooling


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The Services Castle Water Provide for Petroleum Refining Businesses 

Here at Castle Water we can help you by offering a range of services that can:

  • Help install new connections.
  • Keep you legally compliant with your trade effluent license and allowance.
  • Ensure your wastewater is managed effectively.
  • Offer consolidated billing if you run multiple sites.

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What Are The Costs Involved In The Petroleum Industry?

A tough operating environment offshore means the United Kingdom needs a lot of investment to run its production and refinement. In 2014, average exploration costs were £15.64/Barrel of Oil Equivalent (BOE), and operating costs were £21.31/BOE, for £36.95/BOE. In 2014, the sector invested £1.1 billion on prospecting, £14.8 billion on equity investment and £9.6 billion on running expenses.

What Laws Are There For Petroleum Refinement?

Legislation and council bylaws together ensure mandatory implementation of an environmental impact assessment for diversion from existing boreholes in water protection areas. There are strict regulations on what may be considered as treated wastewater, where wastewater flow is channelled, and where oil refineries may discharge filtered water. Additional expert controls and technical monitoring measures during the promotion are required when drilling underwater protection areas.

Can Petrol Leak Into Drinking Water?

Purity and sustainability ought to be the two priorities when governments decide where a company may build a petroleum refinery. That is why refineries aren't allowed to be situated near drinking water protection areas in the United Kingdom.

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