Zeeland Refinery builds large solar park in port of Vlissingen

Productie Units Zeeland Refinery

Zeeland Refinery is building a solar park of more than 11 hectares in size next to its plant in the port of Vlissingen: Zeeland Solar. In addition to its participation in SDR, this is a visible step towards further greening for the oil refinery of the shareholders Total and Lukoil. Total Solar, a company within the Total Group, will construct the park.

On a sunny day, a total of 28,440 planned solar panels can deliver 12.5 megawatt hours of sustainable electricity. Enough to supply green electricity to half of the households in the adjacent municipality of Borsele (4300). The park will be fully completed by July 2018. Zeeland Refinery can then 'tap' 23 percent of its energy needs from the solar park. The solar park is expected to last 25 years.

More efficient use of energy

Managing Director Tanneguy Descazeaud in the local newspaper PZC:

“I am both happy and proud. For years we have had the ambition to use energy more efficiently. We want to be the best and most energy-efficient refinery in Europe. This park is a new step to work even more sustainably. The choice to get a quarter of the energy requirement from solar power is partly pure survival. If the demand for oil-based products drops sooner or later, the greenest and most energy-efficient refineries will be the last ones to shut down. Zeeland Refinery wants to be the last of the Mohicans. "

Energy costs

Zeeland Refinery has been working on becoming more energy-efficient for more than ten years. Energy costs make up 60 percent of the production costs, so a profit can be made there. The shareholders Total (55 percent) and Lukoil (45 percent) have invested hundreds of millions of euros to make the refinery more energy-efficient. In 2014, for example, the hydrocracker was greatly improved. The 'cracker', which is the largest in the world, is the beating heart of the refinery. The hydrocracker can process heavy gas oil into various types of fuel. For the then Minister of Economic Affairs, this was more than enough reason to cut the ribbon at the reopening in Vlissingen-Oost. To increase capacity, last year the shareholders decided to pump another 40 million euros into the largest hydrocracker in the world.

Residual heat

Zeeland Refinery does not just want to become green on its own site. 

Descazeaud in the PZC:

,, We also emphatically seek cooperation with other companies. A good example is our residual heat that we send to Martens Havenontvangstinstallatie and the Covra. Zeeland Refinery also participates in the Smart Delta Resources platform, in which eleven large industrial companies together look for ways to emit less CO2. Last month they presented their plan: 85 to 95 percent less CO2 emissions in 2050. In order to achieve this, we will have to partially store CO2. ''