Oil refinery woes raise concern in Westminster over financial backers

Petrol crisis puts spotlight on little-known foreign supporters of Stanlow and Prax Lindsey plants

The panic-buying of petrol and diesel that gripped Britain in September served as an unwelcome reminder of how disruption to supplies can rapidly escalate into crisis. But while the long queues on forecourts have gradually receded, concerns persist about the finances of refineries supplying about 25% of fuel.

Financial difficulties afflicting two of the UK’s remaining oil refineries have raised concerns in government about their little-known ties to a Kremlin-allied oil business and a commodities trading house under investigation for corruption, the Guardian understands.

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