In 1995 Anglo-Australian mining company BH Bilton, while
looking to expand their Liverpool Bay oil and gas extraction operations, struck a considerable oil and gas field some twenty
miles south-southwest of the Suddery penninsula. The oil reserves, initially estiminated at some 50 million barrels (but
later found to be larger), were quick to be tapped, and a new company was formed to refine the product.
The Sodor Oil and Gas Company, Est 1995
(also known as Sodoil) is a publically-trading subsidy of Exonmobil, with BH Bilton, the North Western
Railway and the Sodor Clay Company holding some of the shares.
The oil reservoirs are worked by two platforms, Luoc
and Abban. From them the crude oil is piped to the Sudrian mainland.
The chosen site for the refinery is a two-square-mile L-shaped
area of land sited immediately southwest of Brendam. Agreement with the Sodor Clay Company has allowed for the first two miles
of their private railway to be upgraded and used to access the site. Drainage and construction on the site, mainly marshland,
was begun in late 1996, with the new company cutting the refinery's ribbon on January 1st 2000.
The sidings at the refinery are shunted by Kaiser, a fireless
locomotive donated to Sodoil from the Hatt Steam Preservation Trust. From the refinery, the processed fuel oil, diesel,
petrol and kerosene is dispatched by rail throughout Britain, and shipped to the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland.
Sodoil in 2005 began initial work on the next phase of expansion,
tapping the gas reserves. A new platform, Ronan, is being constructed and the Brendam refinery enlarged to enclude a gas refinery.
From Brendam a pipeline is being constructed across the flank of Sodor to northeast of Vicarstown, where a combined-cycle
gas-turbine power station is being built under the auspicies of Vicarsgen Sodor, an alliance between Sodoil, Powergen,
and the Peel Godred Power Company. The power station (which incorporates enviromentally-friendly carbon-reduction methods
and the highest emission standards) began generating in 2010, with construction traffic for the station and it's
support infrastructure supported by NW Freight Services.
Since beginning trading, Sodoil has created 2000 jobs in
the island region, and thanks to its influence many tens-of-millions-of-pounds have bolstered the island's economy. As a major
shareholder and partner, the NWR has invested it's share of these profits in the extension of the Ffarquhar branch to Ulfstead,
opened in the late spring of 2003.
NWR Diesel locomotives, incidentally, now recieve their fuel from Sodoil.