Phillips 66

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Phillips 66's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Phillips 66 is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

UK Director Darren Cunningham
The Humber Refinery
processes around 221,000
barrels of crude oil every
With the Humber Refinery as their principal economic
engine in Britain, Phillips 66 produce around 14
million litres of fuel a day helping to supply 20 per
cent of all UK petroleum products, including the 330 branded
JET petrol stations. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange,
the multinational Fortune 500 and Fortune Global 500
energy company posted net earnings of $5.6 billion in 2018.
Active across 65 countries, where they employ some 14,000
employees, P66 produce petrochemicals and natural gas
liquids from 13 different global refineries. UK Director Darren
Cunningham tells
The Parliamentary Review
more about their
domestic operations and their investment in the local community.
At the Humber Refinery, based about ten miles north of Grimsby, we process
around 221,000 barrels of crude oil a day. This doesn’t solely end up as fuel,
however – our products also include raw materials that are shaped into anything
from plastics to toiletries, and components for lithium-ion batteries.
This year, Humber Refinery will celebrate its 50-year anniversary, marking half a
century of crude oil processing. It is a refinery with a strong heritage and an even
stronger focus fuelling the future for its people, its communities and its customers.
A beacon for the UK oil and gas sector
With more than 50 production units and over 1,000 miles of piping, our refinery
simply could not be kept running without the contribution of our 1,100 on-site
members of staff.
»UK Director: Darren
»Humber Refinery opened in
»UK operations based at
the Humber Refinery, near
»Services: Processing and
supply of petrochemicals and
natural gas liquids
»No. of employees: 14,000
»Net earnings of $5.6 billion in
Phillips 66
Highlighting best practice
Since 2005, we have spent £1.5 billion
on investment and maintenance, and
we have donated £500,000 to local
charities over the past five years.
We also proudly employ double the
national average of female engineers
at Humber Refinery and reported no
hourly pay gap between men and
women in March 2018.
We are committed to our role as a
major player in the British oil and gas
industry, and we want to keep leading
the way in supplying fuel, serving our
communities and innovating to support
an ever-advancing technological world.
High-grade petroleum coke
– cementing Britain’s place in
the electric vehicle revolution
Just one of the many products we offer
at the refinery is petroleum coke – a
residue that remains when materials
are refined from crude oil – which we
already supply to the steel recycling
and aluminium smelting industries.
In recent years, we have worked
alongside our American R&D staff
and battery manufacturers in China
to develop groundbreaking new
coke formulations that can be
used to power smartphones and
Over the past six years, our supply of
graphite coke alone has grown from
zero to aptly supply manufacturers and
consequently put half a million new
sustainable vehicles on the road.
While we already export coke to China,
among other countries, UK-based
battery and electric vehicle production
would mean significant economic
benefits not just for the country, but
for our local area. We are proud of
the Humber Refinery’s heritage and
recognise its importance to the region
– since 2000, we have paid more than
£550 million in tax, and we collect over
£4 billion in duty and VAT annually.
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As a region, we are seeing great
development. We have spectacular
industrial sites, the largest enterprise
zones in the country and outstanding
partnerships with local government.
We have the largest port by tonnage,
two of the country’s five major oil
refineries and one of its steelworking
plants. When you also consider
Siemens’ rapidly growing offshore
wind initiatives in Hull and Grimsby,
there is no doubt that these factors
mark the beginning of something
If we can take advantage of the
explosive growth in the electric
vehicle sector, we could prove to
be a significant player in a quickly
As the only coking refinery in the
UK, we have a unique position in the
battery market – were operations in
that regard to expand to the local area,
The Humber Refinery
produces more than just
fuel – other products
include raw materials
that become anything
from plastics and
toiletries to lithium-ion
Refinery is a
anchor around
which other
continue to
Lord Haskins, Chair of
Humber Local
Enterprise Partnership
we could become an integral part of
the global supply chain.
Outreach, education and
Alongside helping over 400 charities,
we also support STEM development to
highlight the careers that are available
not only at our refinery but also across
the region.
Our employees also visit primary
schools to act as “reading champions”,
foster resilience and develop soft
skills, enthusiasm and self-esteem as
well as reading ability. Above all else,
however, we are striving to engage
with children of a younger age and get
them excited about engineering.
As well as our partnerships with local
colleges and primary schools, we
also offer a four-year apprenticeship
scheme. There is an increasing
shortage of skilled workers in the UK,
and this is something it would be
ignorant not to be wary of.
We want to play a part in educating
the employees of tomorrow and
ensure that the next generation of
the UK’s workforce have the skills
at their disposal to serve a growing
A sustainable future strategy
While we recognise that the electric
vehicle market is only growing and
that many companies are moving away
from fossil fuels, most forecasts still
show great worldwide demand for
petrol, diesel and kerosene up to the
year 2030.
We will still need petrol and diesel for
a long, long time. Electric vehicles are
only just one small part of a larger
solution – one that remains a work
What we supply matters – and our
fuels are among the most efficiently
produced in the world. Since Humber
Refinery was founded in 1969, it
has consistently posted the lowest
emissions of any British refinery.
We look forward to what the future
holds. I know that the energy market
is changing, and dramatically at that,
but Humber Refinery is one of the most
efficient and complex of its kind and
will continue to be so for years tocome.
With more than
50 production
units and over
1,000 miles of
piping, our
refinery simply
could not be
kept running
without the
contribution of
our 1,100 on-
site members of
Phillips 66 are helping
to combat the growing
UK skills gap through
college and school
partnerships as well as
their apprenticeship

This article was sponsored by Phillips 66. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster