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The people who influenced the Coryton story.
The refinery went into administration in January 2012, putting 850 jobs at risk
Russell Jackson worked at Coryton for 30 years. He was one of the first people to be made redundant in June and has been unable to find work since.
Thurrock Council leader John Kent believes the impacts of the closure will be felt far and wide, costing the UK economy £1billion.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were appointed as administrators of the collapsed plant. They said it was one of the most difficult insolvency cases they had death with.
MEP for Essex, Richard Howitt, was part of the campaign to keep the refinery open, arguing the Government should have stepped in to help.
But Energy Minister Charles Hendry said Coryton didn't meet the Government's criteria for using state funds.
Workers from the company staged several protests in a bid to get the Government to intervene, but it was to no avail.
There are concerns other businesses in the area will suffer as an workers made redundant tighten their belts and spend less money locally.
MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe, says area has a bright future though because of the London Gateway port being built nearby.
The old Coryton site was bought by three companies which plan to turn it into an oil import terminal called the Thames Oil Port.