Germany’s largest independent liquid bulk terminal HES Wilhelmshaven Tank Terminal GmbH (HWTT), a 100% subsidiary of HES International B.V. on Thursday (4 June) announced the operational start of its Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (LSFO) bunker fuel production unit.
The unit has a nameplate capacity of approximately 2.5 million tons of LSFO per year.
This start-up creates a unique LSFO market position in Northwest Europe and enables HWTT and HES International to add the production of more environmentally friendly LSFO to its service proposition to the oil & gas industry, it said.
The IMO 2020 sulphur cap offered HWTT a unique opportunity to revamp operations of their vacuum distillation unit as the unit was built in 2004 and operated for only five years.
HWTT added that the unit was still in good condition and found to be suitable to process a wide range of crude qualities.
After the revamping works were completed, the LSFO production unit has been extensively commissioned and will now process low sulphur crude oils into LSFO in combination with other valuable rundown products such as gasoil, kerosene and naphtha.
“All permits are in place to operate the LSFO unit and the related tank storage capacity of over a third of the total terminal of 1.3 million cbm tank storage capacity,” said Thomas Jenke, Managing Director of HWTT Thomas.
“With the commissioning of the LSFO unit, we can add processing again to our business.
“The cooperative relationship with the Oldenburg Supervisory Authority and with the Wilhelmshaven Authorities has contributed to this success, as well as the hard work of our employees and contractors.”
Photo credit: HES International B.V.
Published: 8 June, 2020
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