Wilhelmshaven Refinery
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Summary Information

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation
  • Vacuum Distillation - 4.8 Million Tons
  • Catalytic Reformer - 1.7 Million Tons
  • Isomerisation - 0.4 Million Tons
  • Desulphurisation (Gasoline) - 3.9 Million Tons
  • Desulphurisation (M.Distillate) - 4.5 Million Tons

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The crude oil processed is low-sulfur mostly from the North Sea

Products Produced

  • Wilhelmshaven mainly produces transportation fuels, fuel oil and intermediate feedstocks

Ongoing Projects

  • For Details see Wilhelmshaven Refinery Upgrade Project
  • Presently the facility is a hydroskimming refinery.
  • ConocoPhillips announced in March 2008 that it plans to upgrade the refinery so that it can produce higher-value products from a wider variety of crude slates. It will upgrade Wilhelmshaven to a full conversion facility with 223,000 b/d crude capacity
  • ConocoPhillips intended to make the facility more complex by adding new coker, hydrocracker, and hydrogen plants. The company also plans to add deep conversion and power generation capabilities to the plant.
  • These additions would have allowed the plant run a more advantageous crude slate, including Russian Export blends, while increasing overall conversion and reducing operating costs. The upgrade project is expected to increase the refinery's clean products yield to 80% and provide a high yield of ultra low sulfur diesel in the distillate short market.
  • The project was cancelled

Other Information

  • Hestya Energy a private Dutch company has bought this refinery, but has no immediate plan to reopen it


  • 1976 - Mobil commissions the refinery
  • 1991 - Refinery modernisation project and recommissioning
  • 1997 - The refinery saw an increase of capacity from 8.0 to 10.3 million tons of crude oil
  • 2004 - Vacuum distillation commissioned
  • 2005 - Conocophillips purchased the refinery from Louis Dreyfus Energy Holdings Ltd
  • 2010 - Conocophillips announces that the upgrade project has been cancelled
  • 2011 - Conocophillips announces that the refinery will close
  • 2011 - Hestya Energy announced it has signed an agreement to purchase the oil refinery

Relevant Links

  1. About Wilhelmshaven Refinery, Conocophillips
  2. ConocoPhillips to Purchase German Refinery
  3. ConocoPhillips Plans to Invest In Newly Acquired German Refinery
  4. ConocoPhillips Delays Wilhelmshaven Upgrade Project
  5. Conoco Reaches Deal to Close Wilhelmshaven Refinery in Germany
  6. Hestya Energy to Purchase Wilhelmshaven Refinery, Tank Farm and Marine Terminal

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