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ORLEN Unipetrol and Pražská plynárenská to cooperate in developing hydrogen mobility and reducing emissions


ORLEN Unipetrol, the largest local refining and petrochemical group, and one of the most significant local utilities, Pražská plynárenská, have signed a memorandum of cooperation. The memorandum targets the sharing of expertise and future collaboration, primarily in reducing emissions and the carbon footprint. In this respect, the companies see great potential in using hydrogen and generating low-emission energy.

“As part of the strategy we have adopted, we committed ourselves to cutting emissions by one fifth until 2030 and becoming emissions-neutral by 2050. Meeting these objectives is a great challenge for us also because we see ourselves as one of the pillars of the Czech economy and we feel responsible too guarantee continuity deliveries of strategic products to domestic market. That is why I am pleased that we can cooperate with Pražská plynárenská in this respect, as it also has as ambitious goals as we do. I believe that together, we will contribute to a better and sustainable future of the Czech Republic,” says Tomasz Wiatrak, CEO of the ORLEN Unipetrol Group.

The ORLEN Unipetrol Group plans to invest CZK 35 billion in modernisation, higher efficiency, digitisation, and sustainable projects by 2030. The main tasks include the planned construction of a gas-and-steam cogeneration heating plant and a photovoltaic installation in Záluží u Litvínova, development of alternative fuels offered at Benzina ORLEN filling stations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, plastic recycling, manufacture of advanced biofuels, hydrogen infrastructure development for passenger car transport, and road freight and rail transport of goods. In addition, ORLEN Unipetrol plans to equip 54 stations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia with hydrogen refilling pumps and build three hydrogen distribution centres.

“Our company is both a reliable and significant energy supplier and energy service provider in our region and for its inhabitants and a socially responsible partner contributing to the sustainable development of the City of Prague. Logically enough, we view the environmental protection and support of new energy technologies and solutions as an integral part of our business activities. In this way, we seek to shape the region of the City of Prague as a place of good quality of life and happy life for its inhabitants. We are delighted that we can cooperate with such a strong partner as the ORLEN Unipetrol Group in this respect,” says Martin Pacovský, chairman of the board of directors at Pražská plynárenská

As part of its strategic objectives, Pražská plynárenská wants to offer its customers at least 75% of green products in the future. Also, it intends to strongly support the use of state-of-the-art technology solutions, flexibly react to the challenges posed by the new energy sector and provide expert consulting related to the implementation of innovative technologies and energy savings. Last but not least, Pražská plynárenská wants to ensure carbon-neutral operations as part of its group.


The ORLEN Unipetrol Group is the largest refining and petrochemical company in the Czech Republic. It focuses on crude oil processing and on the production, distribution and sale of vehicle fuels and petrochemical products – particularly plastics and fertilisers. In all these areas, it belongs among the critical players on the Czech and Central European market. The ORLEN Unipetrol Group encompasses refineries and production plants in Litvínov and Kralupy nad Vltavou, Paramo in Pardubice, Spolana Neratovice, and two research centres in Litvínov and Brno. ORLEN Unipetrol also includes a network of Benzina ORLEN filling stations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. With 424 filling stations, Benzina ORLEN is the largest chain in the Czech Republic. Since its entry in 2019 to Slovakia, Benzina ORLEN has been one of the fastest-growing chains and currently has 22 stations in its network. ORLEN Unipetrol employs nearly 5,000 people. In 2005, ORLEN Unipetrol became a member of the ORLEN Group, the largest crude-oil processor in Central Europe. In addition to its business development, ORLEN Unipetrol is proud to be a socially responsible corporation. Therefore, it pays an equal amount of attention to initiatives, focusing on the cultivation and support of sustainable development, education, local communities, and the environment.

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