South West Wales

Nearly half of Pembrokeshire Murco staff back in work

Murco refinery at Milford Haven
Image caption Murphy Oil had been looking for a buyer for the Murco plant for four years

Nearly half of the 340 workers who lost their jobs when a deal to sell Pembrokeshire's Murco oil refinery collapsed last year have found work.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart said half of the 41% of workers who found new jobs are still based in Pembrokeshire.

A taskforce of politicians was set up to help those following the collapse last November.

The refinery has been decommissioned while the company looks for a new buyer.

"The effects of the Murco closure were felt throughout Pembrokeshire and beyond, so it is encouraging to see new opportunities being created locally," said Mrs Hart.

"The taskforce and the Welsh government will continue to do all they can to support those affected by the closure."

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