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CORYTON OIL REFINERY, THURROCK, ESSEX. Workmen operating a Neilens pile frame during construction at Coryton Oil Refinery, showing the 4 ton hammer driving a 16" x 16" pile foundation.
The caption beneath this album print reads "Neilens" Pile Frame, 4 ton Hammer driving 16" x 16" Pile to a set of 10 blows to the 1".
Coryton Oil Refinery was ceremonially opened in May 1954 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. It was operated by Vacuum Oil Company; a unit of Mobil. From 1996, the refinery was run by BP as part of a joint venture with Mobil. Ownership of Coryton Refinery was later transferred to BP in 2000, and then Petroplus Holdings in 2007. Major products of the refinery included petrol and diesel, aviation fuels, liquefied petroleum gas, fuel oils and bitumen. Coryton Oil Refinery was closed down in 2012
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