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Thinkstock Photos 82632989   Petrochemical Oil Refinery Antwerp

Antwerp Refinery

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Thinkstock Photos 82632989   Petrochemical Oil Refinery Antwerp

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The Antwerp refinery is one of the most modern and energy-efficient of its kind.  Since being put into operation in 1953, the refinery complex has undergone multiple renovations. The refinery processes different grades of crude oil varying from light low-sulphur to heavy high-sulphur oil. The crude oil is supplied via the Rotterdam-Antwerp Pipeline.

The refinery's relative energy consumption ranks among the lowest in the oil industry. Since 2009, the refinery has operated a high-efficiency cogeneration unit. With a total power output capacity of 130 Megawatts, the unit produces more electricity than the total requirement of the refinery and two polymer production plants. The Cogen not only produces electricity and steam, but also heats approximately 50 per cent of the mineral oil from which the refinery products are made. The smart use of generated heat ensures high energy efficiency and therefore results in a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions.

The construction of the Delayed Coker Unit, involving a capital investment of one billion euros, started in 2014. The unit will be used to convert heavy, high-sulphur residual oils into transport fuels such as diesel and marine gas oil.

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