ORLEN Unipetrol, the largest refining and petrochemical group in the Czech Republic, continues modernising its chemical facility in Záluží near Litvínov. To gradually meet the targets within its low-emission strategy, the company replaced the current boiler plant for the steam cracker’s operations with a brand-new gas boiler plant. The total investment reached CZK 1.2 billion. The state-of-the-art equipment has contributed to lowering the dust emissions by 50 per cent and NOx emissions by 70 per cent.
“We continue developing our production capacities to increase efficiency and lower the energy and emissions intensity. The brand-new high-tech boiler plant of the steam cracker is a great example. Its commissioning is another step towards carbon neutrality, which we aim to achieve by 2050 at the latest,” says Tomasz Wiatrak, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ORLEN Unipetrol Group.
The new steam cracker boiler plant contains two high-pressure oil-and-gas boilers. Each can generate up to 105 tonnes of high-pressure steam per hour (at the temperature of 520 oC and pressure of 11.5 MPa). Their efficiency is by about three per cent higher than the current heat source. The latest equipment for emission reduction has helped decrease the dust emissions by 50 per cent and NOx emissions by 70 per cent. ORLEN Unipetrol currently meets the requirements set out by Czech and EU air-protection legislation, including the stricter emissions limits based on the EU document entitled Best Available Techniques Conclusions for Large Combustion Plants, which became effective in August 2021.
BERTSCHenergy from Bludenz, Austria, was responsible for the turnkey project implementation. As a general contractor, the company offers customised power plant solutions for industrial enterprises and regional energy suppliers, focusing on maximum efficiency in terms of performance and costs.
New heating plant facts and figures:
• The total amount of concrete: 2,000 m3
• The total amount of steelwork: 744 t
• The total weight of one boiler: 225 t
• The total weight of installed piping: 224 t
• The total length of installed cables: 100 km
The ORLEN Unipetrol Group is the largest refinery and petrochemical company in the Czech Republic. It focuses on crude oil processing and 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 in the Czech and Central European markets. The ORLEN Unipetrol Group encompasses refineries and production plants in Litvínov and Kralupy nad Vltavou, Paramo, with its Mogul brand in Pardubice, Spolana Neratovice, and two research centres in Litvínov and Brno. Unipetrol also includes a network of Benzina ORLEN filling stations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. With 421 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 20 stations in its network. ORLEN Unipetrol employs more than 4,800 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.