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Whelan Oil Refining Ltd is  based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. It re-refines 50,000 tonnes per annum of “used oils” to produce a high quality Group I Base Oil for sale to the lubricant manufacturing industry.

Whelan Refining Limited is unique in the UK in operating in strict compliance with The Waste Oil Directive which seeks to promote the principle of re-refining and regeneration of waste oils.

There are over 300,000 tonnes of Waste Oil collected in the UK every year and Whelan seek to purchase primarily good quality “crank-case oils” from Waste Oil Collectors to satisfy its feedstock needs.

The refinery is situated only 10 minutes by truck from Junction 15 and from Junction 16 of the M6 and is open to receive feedstock and deliver products on a “24/7” basis.
 What is Waste Oil?

John Whelan MD of Whelan Refining Ltd

Waste Oil is primarily used lubricating oil from automotive use – it is “used engine oil” from cars/trucks/buses and ships. It is not highly flammable in the same way that petrol is. However, it is very valuable. At a time when oil and oil products are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive, Whelan Refining Limited will be recycling and producing the single most valuable product obtainable from the Crude Oil “barrel”. Base Oil, the base for all lubricants, is nearly twice as valuable as Petrol or Diesel and it is scarce – it is only 1% of a crude oil refinery’s output. Used engine oil can be recycled and re-refined. WRL will be the first and only re-refinery in the UK. Similar technology and processes are used successfully all over the world.

How does this help the environment?

Recycling your oil protects the environment, saves energy and a valuable natural resource.


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