Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns has emphasised the UK Government’s commitment to supporting the Welsh oil industry during a visit to Pembrokeshire.
The Secretary of State visited and toured Valero’s refinery in Pembroke, where the firm’s vice president and general manager, Edward
Mr Cairns toured the site and saw the 220,000-barrel-per-day facility, which is one of the largest fuel manufacturers in northwest Europe and one of the largest employers in the region, up close.
With over 500 employees and hundreds more employed as contractors, Valero plays a pivotal role in the prosperity of the West Wales economy.
Alun Cairns highlighted the company’s continued investment in its Pembroke site as a testament to the strength of its people and the confidence it has in the business environment in Wales.
He said: “The oil industry is crucial to the UK’s future energy security, economy and our cross-government industrial strategy.
“The contribution the Valero refinery makes to the regional and wider economies in Wales and the UK cannot be underestimated.
“Be it through job creation or community engagement, Valero plays a pivotal role in the lives of the people who live in this area.
“I want to make it clear that this industry has the full support of the UK Government.
“As one of Wales’ largest industrial sectors with one of the most highly skilled workforces in the world, we are determined to continue to work together to secure its long-term success.
“We will continue to ensure that we have the right policies in place to generate the necessary investment in energy infrastructure whilst ensuring important investors like Valero in Wales and the rest of the UK remain competitive.”
“Being responsible for 15% of Welsh exports Valero is a major part of the economy in Wales and we are grateful for the UK Government’s continued support for the downstream oil sector, which is key in terms of economic growth, employment and energy security for Wales and the UK.”
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