Elbe Mineraloelwerke Hamburg Harburg Refinery

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Summary Information

Refining Units

  • Crude Distillation
  • Vacuum Distillation
  • FCC
  • Catalytic Reformer
  • Isomerisation
  • Desulphurisation (Gasoline)
  • Desulphurisation (M.Distillate)

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The refinery has a deep water port and is supplied by tankers.

Products Produced

  • The range of products includes LPG (propane, butane), gasoline (Super, V-Power race fuel), kerosene, white spirits, kerosene, diesel fuel (V-Power Diesel, Diesel Plus shell), light fuel oil (HEL, Eco-Ultra) , base oil (paraffinic - about 20 varieties, naphthenic - around 20 kinds), wax, heavy products (bunker, heavy fuel oil, HVR, bitumen), and sulfur.

Ongoing Projects

  • There is a major restructuring of the Hamburg-Harburg refinery, which is to be converted into a specialized naphthenic specialty oils (NSP) production site

Other Information

  • Through the interconnection with the depots of the Oiltanking Germany GmbH and Vopak Terminal Hamburg GmbH & Co., the refinery has flexibility and can significantly increase export capacity.


  • The history of Harburg refinery began in 1929 with the commissioning of a oil refining plant at the site of present-day plant.
  • 2009 - Revamp of Fuel Oil Hydrodesulphurisation unit completed
  • 2011 - Shell announced that the refinery will close in 2012
  • 2013 - Nynas completed the acquisition of the base oil manufacturing plant

Relevant Links

  1. Uhde Downstream Oil And Gas Projects
  2. Refinery Webpage (German)
  3. European oil refineries sold and up for sale
  4. Shell negotiating partial sale of the refinery Harburg
  5. European Commission approves acquisition of Shell's Harburg refinery assets by Nynas AB of Sweden
  6. Linde and Nynas conclude hydrogen on-site contract

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