General manager Jacques Beuckelaers to leave Lindsey Oil Refinery

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 4 Aug 2017

THERE is to be a change at the helm of Total Lindsey Oil Refinery.

Jacques Beuckelaers, who has overseen a monumental transformation at the North Killingholme site, is moving on, and will be replaced by Jean-Marc Durand next month.

The pair are working through a handover now.

Mr Durand, a French national, arrives from a group refinery in Antwerp, in Belgium, with Mr Beuckelaers, a Belgian national, to take up other responsibilities within the Total group.

Under his watch a future has been assured for the site, as it approaches its 50th anniversary. Taking the tough steps to halve capacity, and in the process reduce headcount from 580 to 400, has ensured it has a strong role to play within the French-owned global business.

The convivial leader, who has carved out a 35-year career with Total, delivered the restructure without a single compulsory redundancy, winning praise from the workforce for the handling of the process.

Mr Beuckelaers said “It was a busy time, and we all worked together to make our refinery stronger and better. I wish Jean-Marc and the teams a bright future."  

He arrived in northern Lincolnshire in late 2012, not long after a sales process for the 500-acre plant was canned, replacing Nigel Tranter who moved to the US.

In early 2015 the major plan for a single stream operation was unveiled, with a £33 million investment still ongoing to improve efficiencies and reliability.

Mr Durand said: "I am proud to be joining the refinery, there are some great people who work here, very professional and very committed and I look forward to continuing our success."

Described as a world class supplier of quality fuels, TLOR has a comprehensive logistics infrastructure including rail and road loading facilities and high capacity pipeline connection to the greater London area. Storage facilities are located at strategic sites throughout the UK.

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