Nynas invests for reliable production and reduced GHG emissions

Nynas is investing SEK 190 million to secure the supply of bitumen for the Nordic infrastructure. At the same time, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by 34%.

Today, the new more efficient heating furnaces are inaugurated at Nynas refinery in Gothenburg. A benefit for both the environment and the availability of bitumen, the binder in asphalt pavings.

“This is one of the refinery's largest investments since the start in 1956 and a decisive investment for the refinery's future, says Anna Keereweer”, Site Manager at Nynas refinery in Gothenburg.

This means that Nynas will start up the plant for the season with two new furnaces, which will be fired with natural gas. The new fuel in combination with an improved efficiency results in a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 34%. Emissions of nitrogen and sulfur oxides (NOx and SOx) are also reduced by 80 percent. The new furnaces are also adapted for firing with renewable biogas.

“This is an example of Nynas now implementing a series of investments and measures in our refinery system with the aim of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. We work actively with suppliers and other partners to seek new and effective solutions to meet the climate challenges facing the industry”, says Rolf Allgulander, Nynas Vice President Manufacturing.

The furnaces are used to heat the crude oil before it is distilled into various products. In Gothenburg the main product is bitumen, the binder in asphalt. The product has a long service life in the road surface is also 100% reusable. Bitumen is a central product for Swedish and Nordic infrastructure.

“We show once again that Nynas is the leading bitumen specialist. Through the investment, we now secure access to binders for our Nordic customers while improving our environmental performance”, concludes Rolf Allgulander.

Projects

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Älvsborg Bridge spans the estuary of the Göta Älv river at the entrance to Gothenburg and the biggest port in Scandinavia. The bridge, officially opened in 1966, has a total length of 930 m and a suspended span of 418 m. To guarantee the bridge's functionality and extend its useful life, extensive maintenance work has been under way since 2019, the third and final stage being completed this summer.

Talking point

Road infrastructure in North-Western Europe

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Interview

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Sustainable Development

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Noted

All the key players are working together to achieve the best possible result.

Katri Eskola, Specialist Road Maintenance Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

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