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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Shell
  • Website: http://www.shell.com/
  • Location: Cologne-Godorf and Wesseling in the south of Cologne
  • Capacity: 17 million tons/annum & 340.000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:

Brief Description

  • The Rhineland refinery consists of two factories in Cologne-Godorf and Wesseling in the south of Cologne located on the left bank of the Rhine. With a crude oil processing capacity of around 17 million tonnes per year, it is the largest refinery in Germany and has a total area of 440 ha.
  • The refinery is medium complexity

Refining Units

  • CDU - 9.3 Million Tons
  • VDU - 5.5 Million Tons
  • Hydrocracker - 2.3 Million Tons
  • Thermal Cracker - 0.8 Million Tons
  • Visbreaker - 1.5 Million Tons
  • Catalytic Reformer - 1.9 Million Tons
  • Isomerisation - 0.48 Million Tons
  • Gasoline Desulphurisation 3.1 Million Tons
  • Diesel Desulphurisation 4.2 Million Tons
  • Bitumen - 0.36 Million Tons

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The plant in Cologne-North Godorf utilises crude oil from the Rotterdam oil pipeline from Rotterdam.
  • The South plant in Wesseling also utilises crude oil from the pipeline from Rotterdam as well as from the Nord West Oelleitung Pipeline connected with Wilhelmshaven.

Products Produced

  • The products derived from the crude oil refinery in the Rhineland produced are: gasoline in different qualities, aviation fuel, diesel fuel, heating oil, heavy fuel oil, propane and butane, bitumen, various precursors for the chemical industry

Ongoing Projects

  • Shell is working on the "Connect" project (As of 2012)
  • The project involves the construction of two tunnels under the Rhine River to connect the two refinery sites, which are 2.36 miles (3.8 kilometers) apart.
  • The tunnels are being developed by a specialist contractor. Jacobs is designing and installing the infrastructure inside the battery limits (ISBL) of each refinery site to connect each facility to the tunnels.
  • Once completed, the Connect project is anticipated to enable Shell to optimize operational synergies between the two sites. With the facility integration, Shell expects to enhance and increase its production of clean fuels.

Other Information

  • The refinery is the Rhineland in 2002 from the merger of the refinery, the former German oil company RWE DEA in Wesseling and the Shell refinery in Godorf emerged. It currently employs 1,600 permanent employees from different disciplines and forms from about 100 trainees. In addition, some 1,300 regular employees from partner companies working in the factory.
  • The distribution of products to 38% on ships, 28% are using tanker trucks and transported 21.7% on a pipeline to leave the factory. A further 11% of the manufactured products will have a pipeline directly to Lyondell Basell, a petrochemical company in the industry transported. Only 1% of the products leave the factory by rail.


  • 2001 - Completion of the gasoil hydrotreatment unit of 275m3/h capacity included hydro de-sulphurisation (HDS) with 10wt ppm deep de-sulphurisation
  • 2011 - The "Connect project" is launched

Relevant Links

  1. Hydrocracker Shutdown Feb 2010
  2. German Petroleum Association In German
  3. Gasoil HDS/HDA Unit
  4. Jacobs Receives Contract From Shell for Innovative 'Connect' Project in Germany

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