A well-functioning logistics infrastructure is a key element of the ORLEN Group's competitive edge.
The Group uses a network of complementary infrastructure components: fuel terminals, on-shore and off-shore handling terminals, a network of product and raw material transmission pipelines, as well as road and railway transport. The ORLEN Group's logistics companies are ORLEN KolTrans Sp. z o.o. and ORLEN Transport S.A. in Poland, and Unipetrol Doprava s.r.o. and Petrotrans s.r.o. in the Czech Republic.
In 2013, the ORLEN Group products were transported by pipelines, railway and road tankers.
Structure of fuel transport in the ORLEN Group in 2013
In 2013, pipelines were the key mode of transport for the ORLEN Group's raw materials and products. The total length of the network used, including own and leased pipelines in Poland, Czech Republic, and Lithuania, was over 2.1 thousand kilometres.
On the Polish market, PKN ORLEN used 570 km of pipelines owned by Przedsiębiorstwo Eksploatacji Rurociągów Naftowych Przyjaźń, and 379 km of its own pipelines in the Płock – Ostrów Wielkopolski – Wrocław section.
For operational purposes related to acceptance, storage, release and handling of fuels, the ORLEN Group's logistics operations in 2013 in Poland used a total of 25 facilities (owned fuel terminals and third-party depots). At the end of 2013, the total storage capacity available to PKN ORLEN (owned and contracted infrastructure) stood at approximately 7m m3.
Logistics infrastructure used by the ORLEN Group in Poland.
Legal regulations oblige companies and traders operating on the Polish oil and fuel market to keep mandatory stocks. In 2013, just as in 2012, the mandatory stock-keeping level was the equivalent of at least 76 days of the producer's or trader's average daily production or imports, as appropriate, in the previous year. Maintaining 14-day stocks was the obligation of the Material Reserves Agency. In 2013, PKN ORLEN stored oil stocks in the salt caverns of IKS Solino as well as in the surface storage depots in Płock. Fuel stocks were kept in more than 20 locations across Poland, mainly in surface terminals owned by the ORLEN Group, surface storage depots leased from third parties, as well as in the underground salt caverns of IKS Solino.
In 2013, we continued the stock maintenance formula used in the previous years, with a third maintaining a portion of mandatory oil stocks under a contract (oil stocks maintained by the third party were sold by PKN ORLEN, which guaranteed continued storage of the stocks).
2013 saw continued legislative work by the Ministry of Economy on a planned amendment to the law on domestic intervention stocks. As in the previous year, our representatives took an active part in the work on the proposed corrective solutions and clarifications to another version of the draft.