Raffinerie Heide

Brief pro­fi­le

Raf­fi­ne­rie Hei­de GmbH is Germany’s nort­hern­most cru­de oil refi­ne­ry. Each year the com­pa­ny pro­ces­ses around 4.5 mil­li­on ton­nes of cru­de oil at its 134-hec­ta­re site. Well over 70 per­cent of the cru­de oil is used for fuel pro­duc­tion. This means that a sub­stan­ti­al pro­por­ti­on of the petrol and die­sel fuel con­su­med in Schles­wig-Hol­stein comes from the company’s refi­ne­ry. Raf­fi­ne­rie Hei­de also pro­du­ces avia­ti­on tur­bi­ne fuel which is sup­plied pri­ma­ri­ly to Ham­burg Air­port. In addi­ti­on to fuel pro­duc­tion, around 450,000 ton­nes of petro­che­mi­cal pro­duc­ts are manu­fac­tu­red each year at the refi­ne­ry in Hem­ming­stedt. Sin­ce sum­mer 2018, Raf­fi­ne­rie Hei­de has been a part­ner in the KEROSyN100 rese­arch pro­ject, whe­re it is respon­si­ble for the tech­no­lo­gi­cal inte­gra­ti­on of power-to-fuel pro­ces­ses in the refi­ne­ry and the rela­ted com­mer­ci­al ana­ly­sis.

Activi­ties in the real-world labo­ra­to­ry

A 30-mega­watt elec­tro­ly­sis plant is to be built on the Raf­fi­ne­rie Hei­de site to pro­vi­de a lar­ge-sca­le demons­tra­ti­on of how hydro­gen can be pro­du­ced and used wit­hin the exis­ting indus­tri­al pro­cess.

Raf­fi­ne­rie Hei­de has been pro­ces­sing hydro­gen sin­ce the 1950s and, sin­ce the mid-1960s, has ope­ra­ted a hydro­gen pipe­line some 40 km long bet­ween sites in Hem­ming­stedt and Bruns­büt­tel. It also owns salt caverns which it intends to have licen­sed and upgraded for hydro­gen sto­rage. The refi­ne­ry fur­ther owns addi­tio­nal faci­li­ties (e.g. water tre­at­ment plant, con­trol rooms, labo­ra­to­ry and heat reco­very sys­tem) that will be incor­po­ra­ted in the pro­ject.

The com­pa­ny will like­wi­se be con­tri­bu­ting its exis­ting know­ledge of hydro­gen pro­ces­sing and ope­ra­tio­nal manage­ment to the pro­ject.

Long-term visi­on

Raf­fi­ne­rie Hei­de will inte­gra­te signi­fi­cant rene­wa­ble ener­gy sources in the pro­duc­tion pro­cess and so cham­pi­on com­pli­an­ce with cli­ma­te tar­gets. The use of exis­ting regio­nal resour­ces (e.g. wind ener­gy) will gene­ra­te added value right in the heart of Schleswig-Holstein’s west coast. In this way, and by estab­li­shing the west coast as a hydro­gen hub, the com­mer­ci­al and soci­al attrac­tiveness of the regi­on is to be fur­ther enhan­ced.

Raf­fi­ne­rie Hei­de pro­vi­des its custo­mers with inno­va­ti­ve solu­ti­ons for the use of hydro­car­bons by manu­fac­tu­ring syn­the­tic – i.e. sustainab­le – pro­duc­ts. www.heiderefinery.com

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