BP service station in South AfricaBP announced today it was cutting around 1,000 jobs at a huge oil refinery. The company said the decision followed a 10-week review of the Grangemouth refinery and petrochemical complex in Scotland. The news was also blamed on the depressed chemicals market and “a series of operational problems”. The company said in a statement: “The move is part of a series of initiatives and investments to radically improve the plant’s ability to compete in a increasingly difficult international refining and chemicals environment.” It said the reorganisation would streamline Grangemouth’s three main businesses – refining, petrochemicals and the Forties pipeline terminal – into a single organisation and was “designed to simplify site operations while increasing liability and efficiency”. As part of the plan the company will also shut down an older polyethylene production unit, Rigidex 2, within the chemicals plant, and the oldest and smallest of the three crude distillation units, CDU 1, in the refinery. The company also said it would make “every effort to relocate people with the appropriate skills to other BP locations, or to provide retraining, jobs search assistance and severance packages”. Colin Maclean, director of the complex near Falkirk, said: “This is a very difficult time for everyone working at Grangemouth and we are committed to handling it as openly and sensitively as possible. “However, we have no choice but to move ahead with this transformation if we are to ensure that Grangemouth remains safe, modern and equipped to prosper in an increasingly compet. More