Helping your Oil Refinery

Oil refinery

Helping your Oil Refinery

What is an Oil refinery?

An Oil refinery is an industrial plant that refines crude oil into petroleum products such as diesel, gasoline and heating oils. Oil refineries essentially serve as the second stage in the production process following the actual extraction by oil rigs.

Oil refineries are typically large complexes with extensive piping running throughout, carrying streams of fluids between processing units. There is also usually an oil depot (tank farm) at or near an oil refinery for the storage of incoming crude oil feedstock as well as bulk liquid products.



Today, the global demand for petroleum products per barrel breaks down roughly as follows:

  • 40% for light distillates (fuel)
  • 40% for middle distillates (fuel oil, diesel)
  • 20% for heavy distillates (wax, asphalt)

For 2016, the IEA Oil Market Report had forecast a worldwide average demand of nearly 96 million barrels of oil and liquid fuels per day – that works out to more than 35 billion barrels a year.


The Downturn

As many in the oil sector know in 2015 the price per barrel dropped significantly affecting thousands of companies worldwide.  Industry wide the knock-on effect was that many large projects were postponed or cancelled.  The reasons cited, among other factors were:

  • Oversupply
  • Declining Demand
  • A Strong US Dollar
  • The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

In turn this caused many companies in the chain severe problems with many going into liquidation.

On the other front, like us at EWFM the downturn caused many companies to diversify and expand into other areas. At EWFM we now supply to the Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Food and Drink industries.


On the up?

It now however looks like the price of oil is on the up.  We have already noticed an increase in projects and EWFM are here ready to help worldwide.

Helping your Oil Refinery

How can we help?

Loading arms

EWFM supply the whole range of road and rail loading arms. Be it for Hydrocarbons, Chemicals or Bitumen we have a loading arms suitable for almost everything.

Helping your Oil Refinery

Check out our Loading Arms and Unloading Arms page for more information


Swivel Joints

EWFM, we believe, offer one of the largest range of Swivel Joints. Sizes from ½” up to 72” in standard and engineered designs. Challenge us with your requirement.

Helping your Oil Refinery

Check out our Swivel Joints page for more information



EWFM are a master distributor for the standard range of Mann-tek couplings. The couplings are compatible with TODO, Avery Hardoll etc under the Stanag 3756 agreement. These are offered at very competitive prices and are perfect for connecting to your road or rail tankers.  Where these are not suitable we also offer a range of engineered and API couplings.

Helping your Oil Refinery

Check out our Couplings page for more information.


Breakaway Couplings

Stop drive away incidents at your refinery! It is always a worry that the truck or train will drive away prior to disconnection of a loading arm.  Install one of our standard breakaways and reduce the risk of damage to your equipment, gantry and potentially personnel.

Helping your Oil Refinery

Check out our Breakaway Couplings page for more information.


Floating Suction Units

Most refineries have a tank farm. Ensure you draw out the purist fuel with EWFM’s floating suction units. Available in sizes from 2” up to 36” in various materials.  Send us your next requirement.

Helping your Oil Refinery

Check out our Storage tank equipment page for more information.




Should you have a requirement or are interested in hearing more of what EWFM has to offer, please contact us now via:

Email – [email protected]

Telephone – +44 (0) 1763 248650