Oil and Gas: Helping to protect employees, shareholder values and the environment

Location-based analysis is being used by oil and gas companies to manage uncertainty and shape a more resilient and sustainable future.



There are a number of operational crude oil refineries in the UK, giving the UK one of the largest refining capacities in the EU. Around 80% of the crude oil processed in UK refineries is sourced from the North Sea. Refineries such as Stanlow, Milford Haven, Grangemouth and Fawley process crude oil and supply over 100m litres of fuel each day.

Post-production aviation fuel, heating oil and petrol for the road transport industry is supplied to 50 major oil terminals by 1,500 miles of pipeline, accounting for around 50% of UK output. Additional pipelines supply military airbases.

Return on capital

The typical return on capital employed for refining activities is around 8%, compared to 12% in manufacturing and about 15% in service industries. For this reason many of the UK’s refineries have been sold by the supermajors. The downstream petroleum industry, refining and retail sectors employ 150,000 people. Excise duty collected equates to £33bn / annum.

At each stage in the refining and distribution process safety is paramount.

How GIS can be used

One of the main benefits that geographic systems offer refinery operators is the ability to accurately record the layout of sites and equipment.

Accurate records of site layouts are used by the emergency services in the event of an incident, both to contain its effects and to ensure that all personnel are safely evacuated from the site. Being able to accurately map the positions and outputs of sensors is key to safe management of a refinery.


European Petroleum User Group (EPUG)

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