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Milford Haven: Puma Energy announces acquisition of Murco site

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murcoSINGAPORE based Puma Energy, the globally integrated midstream and downstream energy company, has today (March 13) announced the acquisition of a series of UK assets from Murco Petroleum Limited.

The acquisition includes the Milford Haven facility in Wales, UK and three inland terminals at Westerleigh, Theale and Bedworth, as well as Murco’s wholesale and distribution business in the UK.

There is no word yet on the number of jobs which will be created or secured at the Milford Haven site.

In response to the news, Cllr Jamie Adams, Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council, said: “The challenges of the Murco site at Milford Haven have been well recognised, and while a fully functioning refining operation was always my hope, any activity which retains jobs and indeed the infrastructure of the site is important for the Pembrokeshire economy.”

Commenting on this, Stephen Crabb MP said: “It’s good to hear that the future of the Milford Haven site as a storage and distribution site is secured. Obviously, this outcome is very far from what we had originally hoped would happen. We all wanted to see the site continuing as a refinery, but this news does at least provide security for the terminal and distribution employees at Murco, whose employment will be continued by Puma.”

Mr Crabb added: “The focus now is to look at what can be done to secure the future of the energy industry in Pembrokeshire. I am continuing to regularly meet with Roger Evans, the Chair of the Murco task force, to ensure that we keep up momentum in finding jobs for the remaining refinery workers who are still unemployed. We are also working to make Pembrokeshire a new centre of renewable energy, especially marine power, so that the County benefits from the changing energy industry in the UK.”

Paul Miller, Labour parliamentary candidate for Preseli Pembrokeshire told The Herald: “It is undoubtedly good news that at least some jobs are to be safeguarded at Murco in Milford Haven. I hope this deal offers a future for those still working on site and that the job numbers described by Puma are real and long term. Unfortunately though, there can be no doubt that the end of Refining in Milford Haven, together with the well paid and secure jobs lost, has been a hammer blow for the local economy. Hundreds of people, including my brother, lost their jobs just before Christmas and delivering alternative, well paid employment in Pembrokeshire has to be the absolute priority and focus for decision makers in the coming months and years.”

Cllr Miller added: “Pembrokeshire can’t just be a nice place to visit, it has to be a great place to live and work too. Nothing is more important for maintaining vibrant communities than ensuring people can earn a living and can support their families here in Pembrokeshire”.

In a statement a spokesman for Puma Energy, which employs 7500 people globally, said: “This in total adds approximately 1.4Mm3 of storage capacity to Puma Energy’s midstream operations of 5.6Mm3.   Under the terms of the agreement, which represents Puma Energy’s first acquisition in the United Kingdom, the Company will acquire the assets and convert the site into a state-of-the-art storage facility. Puma Energy are also delighted to be welcoming all the terminal and distribution employees.    As one of the world’s largest independent, integrated midstream and downstream companies, Puma Energy says it will apply its extensive experience in fuel storage at the facility – the result of which will make Milford Haven, which it considers  a key site securing the supply of energy to the UK and wider region during a period of change in European energy infrastructure.”

Big in Asia and Australia: Puma Energy

Big in Asia and Australia: Puma Energy

“The acquisition will complement Puma Energy’s existing global strategy of disciplined investing. It also signifies a significant strategic entry into the UK market for the supply of the full range of fuel products giving Puma Energy an immediate presence in the UK wholesale and distribution market. Milford Haven will provide another opportunity for Puma Energy to demonstrate its ability to operate to the highest of internationally-recognised environmental standards.”

The company advertises that it is experienced in working alongside various Environmental agencies across its geographic footprint of 45 countries. This includes a commendation by the US Environmental Protection Agency in Puerto Rico for its works at its Bayamon terminal and for globally constructing five state-of-the-art terminals in 2014.

Pierre Eladari, CEO for Puma Energy told The Herald: “Puma Energy continues our focused strategy of connecting supply from International markets to local distribution demand.”

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Mark Drakeford says: ‘Thank you Wales for going red’

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LABOUR is staying in power in Wales after matching its best-ever Senedd election result. It won exactly half of the 60 seats in the Welsh Parliament with all results now declared

Labour has 30 seats, with the Conservatives on 16, Plaid Cymru on 13 and the Liberal Democrats one.
Mark Drakeford thanked Wales for “going red” and has vowed to be “radical” and “ambitious” in government, as Labour looks to solidify its leadership in Wales.

Labour’s Vaughan Gething, health minister in the Welsh government, told the media that the party didn’t “have to look at a formal coalition” because they had done so well.

“We do, however, have to talk to other groups within the Senedd,” he said.

Mr Gething said Labour had a “strong mandate to govern” with 30 of the Senedd’s 60 seats.

The Wales Green Party failed to win a seat in the Senedd elections but they say they recorded their highest-ever result in Wales. Leader Anthony Slaughter said the “results demonstrate the appetite for change” across Wales.

A very happy Mark Drakeford on Saturday, May 8 (Photo Welsh Labour/Twitter)

Amelia Womack, deputy leader of the Green Party, said: “We seem to be getting votes from all of the parties and support on that regional list as people increase their knowledge of the voting system.”

Adam Price, who held Carmarthen East and Dinefwr with a reduced majority, said he would not stand down as Plaid Cymru leader.

Despite no gains, Mr Price said the party had increased its share of the vote and its stance on independence had been a “net positive”.

“I’m not walking away from anything, because this is the moment when Wales needs leadership,” he said.

“This is a historic challenge, because of the way that the politics is moving in this island, but it’s also a historic opportunity for us.

On the campaign trail, Plaid leader Adam Price (Pic Plaid Cymru)

“We can move our nation forward and I’m looking forward to playing my part, it’s not something that anyone can do on their own.

“I have a role to play, we all have a role to play and that’s what’s exciting about politics at the moment. Wales is on the move Wales is on the march. I’m going to be part of that.”

Later, on social media, Adam Price said: ” I extend my congratulations to Mark Drakeford on securing a mandate to lead the next government. Although disappointed not to be returning more Members to the Senedd, I am proud that we ran a positive campaign based on a transformational programme.

“Our Senedd group will bring renewed energy and fresh ideas and I look forward to working with all my colleagues as we continue to build the case for independence. We will be a constructive but forensic opposition as we enter a crucial period of pandemic recovery.

“However, the sixth Senedd will be poorer without one of Wales’s most remarkable politicians. No one has given more to the party or to her community than Leanne Wood – an inspiring role model for so many.

“Leanne’s commitment to the Rhondda is unparalleled and I know she will continue to make an important contribution to the future of our nation and the pursuit of social justice which always has and always will drive her politics.

“Westminster’s attack on devolution is only just beginning and Wales needs a plan – that plan must focus on taking our own future into our own hands so we can build a nation that is fair and free.

TORYS CLAIM BEST RESULT EVER

The Welsh Conservatives say that they have secured the party’s best ever result in a Senedd election, winning 16 seats in the Welsh Parliament.

In a statement to the press the party said: “Today’s final election results have seen the Welsh Conservatives secure two regional list seats in both South Wales Central and South Wales East.

“Welsh Conservatives polled 289,802 votes (share up 5.0) across 40 constituencies – 26.1% of the vote – winning eight seats including gains in both the Vale of Clwyd and Brecon and Radnorshire.

“On the five regional lists, Welsh Conservatives secured 278,560 votes (share up 6.3), winning eight seats. The result will see the Senedd return its first ever female from a BAME background, with Welsh Conservatives’ Natasha Asghar making history with election in South Wales East.

Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies with Joel Williams on election day (Pic RT Davies/Twitter)

Commenting, Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies said: “Firstly, I’d like to say a huge thank you to our outstanding set of Welsh Conservative candidates, activists and staff who’ve worked incredibly hard throughout this campaign and secured the party’s best ever Senedd result.

“The team has gone above and beyond and deserve great credit for the positive campaign we’ve run right across Wales, and I am thrilled to see Natasha Asghar make history in South Wales East by becoming the first female from a BAME background to be elected to the Senedd.

Newly elected Conservative member of Senedd, Sam Kurtz, talking to BBC reporter Aled Scourfield (Pic J Coles/Herald)

“As a party we are also delighted to have secured constituency seats in the Vale of Clwyd and Brecon and Radnorshire, and increased seats on the regional lists, resulting in our highest ever representation in the Senedd with 16 members.

“It’s been an unconventional campaign and it’s clear incumbency and continuity has played a significant part. To that end, I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Mark Drakeford and Welsh Labour on a successful campaign.

“The election has been fought in good spirit by political parties in Wales and I would like to pay a final word of thanks to the many officials across the country who’ve allowed this election to take place in a safe and effective manner.”

IMPACT OF PANDEMIC

Ian Price, director of CBI Wales, congratulated Labour. He said: “This is a critical time for the Welsh economy and the new parliament must have a laser-like focus on rebuilding from the devastating impact of the pandemic,” he said.
“That means all parties pulling together and working with business to protect jobs, rebuild livelihoods and create a fair and sustainable recovery that addresses the longstanding structural challenges our economy faces.”

Royal Town Planning Institute, largest professional body for town planners in the UK and Europe, commented on the election result saying: “The Welsh Labour Manifesto meets many of the issues raised by the RTPI, including tackling climate action, investing in public transport and active travel, and the delivery of quality affordable homes, including a focus on strengthening Welsh language communities.

“The manifesto commits to strengthening the autonomy and effectiveness of local government to make them more successful in delivering services. We have highlighted the need to invest in planning services to enable the delivery of Welsh Labour’s priorities.”

LABOUR “RESILIENT”

Speaking to the BBC, political commentator Prof Roger Awan-Scully said: “I think it’s been an astonishingly resilient performance by the Welsh Labour Party, amidst disasters for Labour elsewhere in the UK.

“The Conservatives are also performing strongly, but not quite bringing it home in terms of the number of constituency victories that they might have expected.

“For Plaid Cymru I think this has to be said to be a deeply disappointing election.”

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Conservatives hold on to Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat

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THE CONSERVATIVES have held on to their Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat despite Labour closing the gap.

Sam Kurtz will take over the seat from the outgoing Angela Burns who held a majority of 3,400 at the last election.

This time, the gap was just 936 to Labour’s Hassan Riaz who picked up 10,304 votes.

Plaid Cymru’s Cefin Campbell picked up 6,615 votes.

The turnout in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire was slightly up to 52.12% from 51.2% in 2016.

However, with a larger electorate thanks to votes for 16/17-year-olds, the number of votes cast went up by almost 3,000.

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Paul Davies re-elected as Conservatives hold Preseli Pembrokeshire

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PAUL DAVIES has been re-elected to represent the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

He won with 12,295 votes, while there were 10,895 votes for Labour’s Jackie Jones.

Plaid Cymru candidate Cris Tomos gained just over 6,000 votes and there were also 1,239 for Reform UK candidate Alan Dennison.

There were over 3000 more votes cast in 2016, down largely in part to the fact that 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote in this election.

Both the Conservatives and Labour received more votes than before while the gap to Labour closed to just 1,400.

After being elected, Paul Davies said he would continue to ‘fight for Pembrokeshire’ and thanked those who had been involved in his campaign.

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