Neste’s Porvoo Refinery to Begin Major Turnaround

Oleochem Analytics — Neste’s Porvoo refinery in Finland is starting a major turnaround next week.

The operation, which occurs approximately every five years, had originally been planned for spring 2020 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The shutdown of the process units will begin in stages on 5 April, with the turnaround lasting approximately 12 weeks. After the maintenance work the refinery is expected to resume normal operations by the end of June.

“Major turnaround is a significant investment to secure safety, availability and competitiveness of the Porvoo refinery for the next operating cycle. During the turnaround, we will execute several investment projects related to the development of the refinery, including extensive asset, automation and electrification renewals,” says Marko Pekkola, Executive Vice President, Oil Products.

The total investments of the refinery turnaround are estimated to be around €330 million.

Neste says the turnaround will not affect the product deliveries to its customers, and that the Neste harbor and distribution terminal in Porvoo will be operating as usual. 

In Porvoo, Neste has four production lines and more than 40 production units, including two NEXBTL units producing Neste MY renewable diesel.

The refining capacity of crude oil is approximately 10.5 million ton/a, or 206,000 barrels per day. In addition to crude oil, also other feedstocks are transported to Porvoo, resulting in a total production capacity of approximately 13.5 million ton/a. The most important products of the Porvoo refinery are traffic fuels (diesel, gasoline), marine fuels and base oil.

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