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ESSAR OIL FINED £1.65 MILLION RELATING TO AN EXPLOSION AT THE STANLOW OIL REFINERY

Head of Chambers Richard Bradley appeared on behalf of the Health & Safety Executive in a prosecution brought against Essar Oil (UK) Limited following an explosion at the Stanlow Oil Refinery.

The explosion occurred because Essar had replaced a safety critical valve with an incorrect valve and had not properly validated the operation of the valve. Sentencing Essar to a fine of £1.65 million Mr. Justice Davis found that culpability was somewhere between high and medium in respect of the Sentencing Council guideline and the risk of harm was category 1.

 Essar were order to pay Prosecution costs in the sum of £57,645.


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