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Camperdown Refinery


(Dundee Refinery)

A modest oil refinery located in the Stannergate district of Dundee, Camperdown Refinery (occasionally known as Dundee Refinery) is located on East Camperdown Street, a half-mile (1 km) east of the city centre. The brick-built main buildings lie within the Dundee Harbour complex, with ancillary facilities and storage tanks on the opposite side of East Dock Street (A92 Trunk Road) and to the east, beyond Roodyards Bridge.

Opened in 1931 by William Briggs & Sons Ltd., adjacent to Dundee Gas Works, to processed tar derived from coal. Today, this specialist refinery processes an exceptionally heavy mineral-oil fraction principally to produce bitumen. Bi-products include fuel oil, marine diesel, lubricating oil and polymer emulsions. Annual production was increased from 100,000 tonnes to 330,000 tonnes in 1974 and then to 550,000 tonnes in 1989.

The plant was bought by Tarmac Ltd. in 1968. In 1992, the bitumen interests of Tarmac were acquired by the specialist Swedish refiner Nynas Petroleum Group.

This is the only oil refinery in Scotland outside the Grangemouth complex.


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