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This year Nynas began producing and delivering bitumen from its newest refinery, which will allow Nynas to maintain high supply reliability and consistency for customers.
On January 1, 2014 Nynas took over the base oil plant and production units of the Harburg refinery, located near Hamburg, Germany. With the site’s capability to produce high quality bitumen and a promising European bitumen market, Nynas decided to invest in making it a mixed refinery. The conversion of the refinery to fit the Nynas business has taken a significant amount of time to complete and has been a very complex process. But it is an achievement that Nynas is proud of. Jim Christie, Business Area Director, Bitumen UK, Nynas states: “The opening of the facility at Harburg underpins both Nynas’ commitment to bitumen and the mainland European market. It also fits with Nynas’ overall strategy as a global naphthenic oil leader and market leader for bitumen in Europe.”
Harburg produces straight run bitumen via vacuum distillation, the same process used across all of Nynas’ refineries. Following production, the material is transferred through pipelines beneath the Elbe River to the south side of the refinery where it is blended, loaded and dispatched. An inline blending system is used to produce a wide portfolio of products from Nynas Performance Programme.
Once the material is ready for delivery, it is loaded straight into a ship or supplied through the truck loading facility. There are four loading bays which all supply the various grades of bitumen, and on customer request an adhesion promotor can be automatically added to any grade during loading.
From crude oil selection and the production process to the finished product and delivery, Nynas has ensured that every step is carefully monitored and meets the highest standards. “Having Harburg as a bitumen supply point is a big commitment to the bitumen business. It allows us to maintain a high level of consistency and reliability of supply, which ultimately the customers will benefit from,” states Carl Robertus.
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