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Application submitted to Thurrock for former oil refinery

Words: Laura Edgar
Scene 100 - Thames Enterprise Park / press release

An outline planning application has been lodged with Thurrock Council to regenerate the old Coryton Oil Refinery into a ‘superhub’ of five million square feet of commercial development in the Thames Estuary.

The Thames Estuary Park is expected to create up to 4,500 jobs, including engineering and apprenticeship opportunities.

It will be located next to London Gateway Port and has access to the river and a rail freight interchange.

If it is approved, the largest part of the site will feature a food hub bringing together processing, packaging, storage and distribution. A range of ‘super-warehouses’ are proposed, with automated commercial units of up to a million square feet located off a central boulevard.

Greenergy and iSec will work with the Thames Enterprise Partnership. iSec has experience in delivering large-scale, complex industrial property developments and Greenergy has expertise in advanced biofuels as well as connectivity through Thames Oilport for fuel distribution.

The development will also include a sustainable industries hub – where small and medium-sized businesses can research and develop new technologies and techniques for the energy and food logistics industries – plus an amenity hub and an energy park.

Chris Brookhouse, chief executive of Thames Enterprise Park, said: “The sheer scale of the site, our ability to create large, multi-floor facilities and the level of automation on offer combine to create exciting opportunities for occupiers to streamline their supply chains. This is a unique opportunity for food operators and e-retailers to cluster just 30 miles from London.

“Changes to renewable fuel supply obligations in the UK mean there will be a growing requirement for advanced biofuels produced using innovative technologies.  We will be drawing on Greenergy’s expertise in this area to help create an incubator space for sustainable energy within Thames Enterprise Park. With Thames Oilport adjacent to the site, there are unique opportunities to help bring developmental fuels to market.”