Our refineries

Our products are manufactured at refineries in Europe. Three of them – Nynäshamn, Gothenburg and Harburg – are owned by Nynas. The refinery in Eastham, UK, is a joint venture with Shell.

Creating value from heavy crude oil
Our core competence is to refine extra heavy crude oils into a balanced mix of naphthenic specialty oils and bitumen products that meet global demand patterns

Making the most of every drop of oil
Every year, 2,5 million tonnes tons of bitumen and naphthenic specialty oils are manufactured in our refineries. The production is carefully monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Hydrotreatment – one of our specialities
Few oil companies hydrotreat their distillates as rigorously as we do. How does it work? The distillate is mixed with hydrogen gas at high pressure and temperature over a catalyst bed in the reactor. This 'treatment' removes sulphur and nitrogen, while also reducing aromatic content. The result is a very clean product – ideal for a great many applications.

Health and safety first
At Nynas, we train and inform our employees at regular intervals in all relevant safety measures and environmental aspects. Our production facilities are checked and serviced regularly and comply with the toughest health and safety standards, which you can read about under Environment

Interested in joining us taking oil further?
If you want to learn more about the refinery in Nynäshamn and our interesting work areas, you can watch the virtual refinery tour under Welcome to the refinery.

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The Nynäshamn refinery

It all started in 1928. One of the great Swedish industrialists, Axel Axelsson Johnson, together with Charles Almqvist, were the men behind the building of Sweden’s first large scale refinery in Nynäshamn. At that time, oil was already big business in America.

Did you know that Nynas refinery in Nynäshamn is:

  • The largest supplier of bitumen for roads in Sweden and the Nordic countries
  • One of the largest producers of naphthenic specialty oils in the world
  • The largest private employer in Nynäshamn taking great responsibility to be a good neighbour - caring for the environment and an open dialogue


The Gothenburg refinery

It was established in 1956 as a fuel refinery. Today the production focuses on bitumen for the Nordic market.

Did you know that:

  • The Gothenburg Refinery is an important producer of bitumen specialty products such as PMB’s, Bitumen emulsions and Oxidized Bitumen
  • The refinery is situated close to the Gothenburg Harbour – the largest harbour in the Nordic region
  • Gothenburg is Sweden's second city and a region under strong development with many large infrastructure projects.


The Harburg refinery

Situated on both the north and south side of the river Elbe, the Harburg refinery produces all Nynas product categories for the German market and for export.

Did you know that the Nynas refinery in Harburg is:

  • The second largest oil refinery in the Nynas group
  • One of the largest suppliers of bitumen for roads in Germany and Europe
  • One of the largest manufacturers of naphthenic special oils in the world


The Eastham refinery
Located on the River Mersey, the refinery was constructed on a greenfield site in 1966. It has been operating as a 50/50 joint venture (Nynas/Shell) since 1992.

Did you know that:

  • The refinery was built as a dedicated bitumen refinery to meet the demand for bitumen at the time of the motorway expansion in the UK in the 1960’s and 70’
  • The Eastham refinery has the combined capacity to produce almost 50% of the current UK demand for bitumen.
  • There is an upgrading plant (Special Products Plant or SPP) on the site producing polymer modified binders and emulsions. The SPP is owned by Nynas and operated by Nynas personnel.

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Further reading

Responsibility

Read about Nynas’ corporate responsibility and what we're doing to contribute to sustainable development by improving the impact of our economic, environmental and social activities.

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