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The Group’s largest refining and petrochemical production complex is in Płock. According to the Wood Mackenzie ranking, the plant is a Super-Site, i.e. a deep conversion refinery of strategic importance, generating high margins and integrated with petrochemical operations.

Crude oil is transported to the refinery mainly through the Druzhba pipeline and by sea, through the Pomeranian pipeline. Despite the unfavourable market conditions related to slower GDP growth, weaker fuel consumption and the negative effect of the grey market, the Group processed over 15m tonnes of crude oil in 2013, maintaining its production at 2012 levels.

The refineries in the south of Poland (Trzebinia and Jedlicze) specialise chiefly in fuel storage and distribution services, production of biocomponents, base oils and fuel oils, as well as regeneration of spent oils.

Selected operating data for the Płock Plant ['000 tonnes / %].

  2012 2013 Change 2013/2012
Crude processing 15,191  15,182 0%
Light distillates 1  2,716  2,768  2%
Middle distillates 2  6,962  7,029  1 %
Fuel yield (%) 3 77  78  1.0 pp.

1 Gasoline, LPG.
2 Diesel oil, light fuel oil, jet fuel
3 Fuel yield including flow of products between ORLEN Group production companies


Key to its petrochemicals business is the olefin unit with a maximum annual capacity of ca. 700 thousand tonnes of ethylene and 380 thousand tonnes of propylene. PKN ORLEN-produced monomers are a feedstock for the polymer units at Basell Orlen Polyolefins (BOP) and the PVC unit at the ANWIL Group. Other petrochemical products are sold to customers on the domestic market and abroad. The fully integrated refining and petrochemical units at PKN ORLEN and the pipeline infrastructure linking the units with the ANWIL Group’s and BOP’s plants are a major source of competitive advantage.

Total production volume of selected petrochemicals at PKN ORLEN ['000 tonnes].

 Products 2012 2013 Change 2013/2012
Monomers 857 936 9%
Aromatics  387  445  15%
PTA  470  567  21%

BOP specialises in polymer production and operates polyethylene and polypropylene units with a total annual production capacity of 820 thousand tonnes, including 320 thousand tonnes of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), 100 thousand tonnes of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and 400 thousand tonnes of polypropylene. The company’s products are placed on the Polish and international markets, where they are used in a wide variety of applications, including in the production of packaging, films, fibres, textiles, and auto parts.

Total production volume of selected petrochemicals at BOP ['000 tonnes].

 Products 2012 2013 Change 2013/2012
Polyethylene 327 340 4%
Polypropylene  324  354  9%

The ANWIL Group ranks among the largest chemical companies in Central Europe, is the leading producer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and also one of the leading producers of sodium hydroxide and fertilisers in Poland. The ANWIL Group’s production capacity totals nearly 1.2m tonnes of nitrogen fertilisers, approximately 560 thousand tonnes of PVC and granulates, approximately 360 thousand tonnes of sodium hydroxide, and approximately 50 thousand tonnes of caprolactam. The Group’s products are sold on local markets and exported.

Total production volume of selected petrochemicals at the ANWIL Group ['000 tonnes].

 Products 2012 2013 Change 2013/2012
Fertilizers 1 1,141 1,027 -10%
Plastics  403  458  14%
Sodium hydroxide  214  231  8%
Caprolactam  45  38  -16%

1 Includes ammonium nitrate, CANWIL, ammonium sulfate, salcan and coarse-grained nitrate


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