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Parliamentary reception held for UK downstream industry

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On 27 March, the All Party Parliamentary Group on the UK Oil Refining Sector, in partnership with the UK Petroleum Industry Association, held its annual Parliamentary Reception for the UK Downstream Oil Industry.

The reception was hosted by Martin Vickers MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the UK Oil Refining Sector, and addressed by the Rt Hon Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth Industry at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Vickers commented: “This successful event presented an ideal opportunity to highlight the importance of the downstream oil sector. This sector is a valuable and strategic asset and one with a long track record as a reliable supplier of energy, fuels and feedstocks for other industrial sectors and processes, providing the building blocks of countless products which we rely on in our everyday lives. It is also a sector that offers incredible career opportunities. Through the APPG’s programme of events and roundtables, we have celebrated the extraordinary talent of the young people working in this sector and we continue to raise awareness of the exciting opportunities that are available to them within the downstream oil industry at every educational level.”

Stephen Marcos Jones, UKPIA’s Director General, commented: “We were delighted to welcome Claire Perry MP, Energy and Clean Growth Minister, as guest of honour and keynote speaker at the reception as well as many members of both Houses and industry representatives. Our sector plays a central role in spurring innovation, advancing technological breakthroughs and enabling our daily lives. As we look to the future, we have work to do, together, to ensure that it can continue to deliver and thrive.”

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