• The Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port, owned by EET, celebrates its centenary in 2024
  • As part of the centenary celebrations, EET is offering 100 grants to support local community projects

Stanlow 19 June 2024: EET Fuels (formerly Essar Oil UK), which owns and runs the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex, today announced the launch of its ‘100 grants for 100 years’ celebrate the refinery's 100th anniversary.  The Stanlow Refinery 100 Grants Fund will provide financial support to benefit community projects close to the Stanlow site, including in Ellesmere Port and surrounding areas.

Stanlow was established in 1924, initially as a bitumen production site. Since then, it has grown to become a vital pillar of the UK’s energy sector for a century, providing essential products and transportation fuels and supporting both the nation’s and North West’s economic growth.

The Centenary celebration will also encompass a series of events and initiatives that recognise Stanlow's significant contribution to the Cheshire community, the North West region, and the UK as a whole. At the same time, the Company will use the Centenary to recognise, celebrate and give thanks to the communities connected to Stanlow while demonstrating its long-term commitment to support these communities long into the future.

“We are incredibly proud of the Stanlow Refinery’s rich history and its significant contribution to the region’s economy,” said Deepak Maheshwari, CEO, EET Fuels. “The Stanlow Refinery 100 Grant Fund is our way of giving back to the community that has supported us for the past century.”

The Stanlow Refinery 100 Grant Fund is open to applications from registered charities and not-for-profit organizations working in the following sector:

  • Education and skills development
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Community health and well-being
  • Culture and heritage

A group can apply for grant of up to £1,000, and applications will be judged on their potential to make a positive impact on the local community.

“We are committed to being a good neighbour and playing a positive role in the Ellesmere Port community,” said Michelle Lewis, Corporate Affairs Director, EET Fuels. “We encourage all eligible organisations to apply for a grant and help us celebrate this important milestone.”

Applications for the Stanlow Refinery 100 Grant Fund can be made from today. For more information and how to apply, please visit:

Grants will be awarded at the discretion of the company. We will give preference to local initiatives with tangible benefits and/or outcomes. Once all 100 grants have been allocated, the scheme will end.

EET Fuels is committed to sustaining the long-term future of Stanlow and the next 100 years. EET has announced plans to invest a total of US$3 billion in developing a range of low carbon energy transition projects over the next five years across its site. Stanlow will play a major role in accelerating the UK’s low carbon transformation, supporting the government’s decarbonisation policy and creating highly skilled employment opportunities at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse economy, thereby securing the long-term future of this vital UK infrastructure asset.