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Jobs under threat at North Lincolnshire oil refinery

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Image caption The Total Lindsey Oil Refinery currently employs 580 people

Workers at a North Lincolnshire oil refinery have been told that 180 jobs are to be cut as part of a "survival plan" for the plant.

The Total Lindsey Oil Refinery in North Killinghome will see a reduction in its crude oil refining operation.

Plant director Jacques Beucklaers said the changes were due to over capacity in the refining industry and declining demand for fuel.

Mr Beucklaers said the "target is zero compulsory redundancies".

"Unfortunately, the economic environment has changed." said Mr Beucklaers

"Refining has become tougher and tougher and will become in the coming future even tougher. Doing nothing is not an option. We have to do something, we have to adapt ourselves."

Mr Beucklaers said Total would invest £33m in other parts of the plant's operations.

The refinery currently employs 580 workers and the cuts are expected to be made by 2017.

One worker leaving the site after the announcement said: "We are concerned because it is one of the biggest employers in the area, there are not many jobs around in Grimsby and Lincolnshire."

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