Operations

Refinery operations contain many potential hazards. But as our knowledge expands and technology advances, we're able to increase product safety – while at the same reducing environmental impact.

Using technology to improve product safety

At Nynas, we're world leaders in hydrotreatment. Which is great news for health and safety. Let us explain.

Thanks to this expertise, we're able to produce safer, eco-friendlier oils. Traditionally, many products – tyres are just one example – contain high aromatic (HA) oils. These oils, in turn, contain compounds that can be injurious to one's health and that are virtually non-degradable. Which is why they are gradually being phased out – in fact, as of 2010 tyre manufacturers in the EU are banned from producing tyres containing high aromatic oils. Our naphthenic grades deliver all the performance of HA oils – with none of the harmful side effects. Looking ahead, thanks to their attractive properties, it is clear that naphthenic products will grab an ever-larger share of the market, replacing traditional oils in many different applications.

Fewer emissions

Producing highly refined naphthenic oils requires a great deal of hydrogen. And generating hydrogen leads to significant CO2 emissions. So we built a new hydrogen generating unit, which is powered by natural gas. The result? A reduction in CO2 emissions by 20,000 tons per year.

Decontaminating the land

Nynas has refined crude oil in Nynäshamn since 1928. Which means that contaminated waste has ended up in landfills at the refinery. While these landfills are managed in accordance with the toughest legal requirements, we have initiated a programme to sanitise them through extensive clean-up operations.

Building warm relations with the community

An oil refinery consumes a great deal of power. For our refinery in Nynäshamn, the answer was right on our doorstep. Wood. Biomass is carbon neutral and we have a ready supply of it. Ours is now the only refinery in the world with a wood-burning power station. The surplus heat is distributed to the local district heating network, providing enough energy to heat almost 2,000 homes. With this initiative, we managed to cut the region’s CO2 emissions by 100,000 tons per year.