The Coryton oil refinery could have been saved, if the administrators had been more transparent.
That's according to the MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock who was speaking at a special parliamentary debate on the plant's future.
Stephen Metcalfe said that the plant could have been sold to Russians - but the deal mysteriously collapsed.
Administrators have confirmed the Coryton refinery in Essex will will no longer refine oil after they failed to find a buyer to keep the plant going. PricewaterhouseCoopers have now sold it to a consortium who will convert it into an import terminal. Staff there will be made redundant.
Adminstrators overseeing the closure the Coryton Oil Refinery say around 180 jobs are to go next week. The Government has so far refused calls to keep the Essex plant open with state funds, in the hope that a buyer might be found.
The refinery employs around 500 full-time staff and 350 contractors. A public meeting in Basildon tonight will discuss ways that Coryton's closure may yet be averted.
The Union union has criticised the Government after it decided not to apply for the European Commission's permission to use state funds to help the Coryton oil refinery. The refinery's parent company went into liquidation in January putting hundreds of jobs at risk.
The Government could have subsidised the refinery until a new buyer was found, but it would have needed to get EU permission first. However, the Department for Energy and Climate Change has decided not to go ahead and said it would not be sustainable to provide help.