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“Aware of the impact of its activities on the environment, PKN ORLEN announces systematic adjustment of process planning and implementation methods to the requirements of permanent and sustainable development through an integrated approach to contamination prevention and an environmental protection process.

The Company’s strategy is subordinated to this objective, which translates into existing and future development programmes and other activities carried out on the basis of the implemented Environmental Management System according to the requirements of the PN–EN ISO 14001:2005 standard. We undertake to extend the system to cover the remaining PKN ORLEN units domestically and to build an integrated Management system” [1].

Environmental protection

All activities implemented by PKN ORLEN in 2008 aimed at ensuring maximum environmental neutrality of our production, storage and distribution systems.

In 2008, capital expenditure on tasks related to environmental protection in the Production Plant in Płock amounted to over PLN 259 mn, which is an increase by approximately 112% compared to 2007.

We reduced the total pollutant discharge by 1.3%, given the 4.16% increase in the oil processing volume over the last 12 months. It is worth mentioning that due to the application of low sulphur fuels, sulphur dioxide emission to the atmosphere decreased by 2.52%. Moreover, after provision of low emission burners in another boiler in the Combined Heat and Power Plant, the volume of nitrogen oxide fell by 8.74%.

Moreover, consumption of water from the Vistula for production processes went down by 3.07%, and the amount of sewage discharged – by 2.85%.

Our pro-environmental activities (reduced emission in the Płock plant, hermetisation of fuel stations and fuel terminals) resulted in measurable financial savings of over PLN 700,000 on environmental charges.

2008 was the beginning of the second phase of the EU Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Scheme, covering the period of 2008-2012. Currently, the scheme covers three of PKN ORLEN’s production units. According to verified 2008 reports, they all remained within their respective average annual limits.

We also managed to reduce the average sulphur content in our petrol from 0.0008 weight percent in 2007 to 0.0006 weight percent in 2008, meanwhile increasing the bio-component (ETBE) content from 3.7% to 6.48%.

Moreover, we continue the implementation of environmental programmes aimed at protecting the surrounding nature. In 2008, we performed 40 tasks under one of such programmes, “Responsible Care”, more than half of which were environmental protection tasks. Since we joined the “Peregrine Falcon Restitution Programme” seven years ago, 21 falcon nestlings have hatched in our company.

Other important events in PKN ORLEN include, among others, the start-up of the high-tech waste combustion plant by ORLEN Eko Sp. z o.o. and nitrous oxide emission reduction plant in ANWIL SA.

Air Protection

According to the control measurements we carried out in 2008 in the refinery and petrochemicals complex in Płock, admissible emission limits set out in the Integrated Permit were not exceeded.

We succeeded in reducing dust emission to the air by 21%. Moreover, due to the modernisation of burners on boiler no. 3 and maintaining oxygen regimes in the Combined Heat and Power Plant, we achieved a 9% drop in nitric oxide emission.

Emission of selected pollutants in the Production Plant in Płock in 2007–2008 (Mg)

  2007 2008 Increase Decrease
Sulphur dioxide 20 973,30 220 444,59 -528,71 -2,52%
Nitrogen oxides (as per nitrogen dioxide) 7 474,71 6 821,48 -653,23 -8,74%
Carbon monoxide 762,38 812,16 49,78 6,53%
Total hydrocarbons 1 397,44* 1 384,01 -13,43 -0,96%
Fuel combustion dust 574,53 453,34 -121,19 -21,09%
Carbon dioxide 6 238 941,29 6 158 959,11 -79 982,18 -1,28%
Other pollutants 290,6 270,71 -19,89 -6,84%
Total pollutant emmision 6 270 414,25 6 189 145,40 -81 268,85 -1,30%

* This value exceedes the value quoted in the 2007 Environmental Protection Newsletter (Biuletyn Ochrony Środowiska) by 835.7 Mg. The difference is due to a software error; the error was removed by the software supplier.

Environmental Protection in Investing Activities

In 2008, capital expenditure on tasks related to environmental protection in the Production Plant in Płock amounted to over PLN 259 mn, which is an increase of approximately 112%, compared to 2007 (21% of the total capital expenditure in Płock in 2008).

The most important tasks aimed at reducing the Plant impact on the respective environment components include:

  • construction of HON VII unit, including infrastructure;
  • construction of Claus II unit, including infrastructure;
  • reconstruction of technical fillings in ventilator coolers in the cooling unit;
  • reconstruction of the fuel system in the Combined Heat and Power Plant;
  • soundproofing air ventilators at boilers in the Combined Heat and Power Plant;
  • modernisation of electric motors at cooling water pumps at the Refinery Cooling Towers 1, 2 and 3;
  • replacement of electric engines at the Petrochemicals Cooling Towers.

We adjusted our network of fuel stations to current environmental law and provided them with environmentally-friendly equipment.

We spent over PLN 31 mn on environmental protection activities at the fuel terminals in Lublin, Gutkowo, Bolesławiec and Mościska.

In 2008, PKN ORLEN Group undertook various measures to reduce its negative environmental impact. The most important of them include:


  • Greenhouse gas emission reduction – introduction of catalytic nitric oxide reduction technology. Expected result – reduction of nitric oxygen emission by 3.5 mn tonnes, as per nitrogen dioxide, in the period 2008-2012.
  • Reconstruction of the chlorine destruction system. Expected result – reduction by 400 Mg of the volume of chlorine discharged to the environment in 2009 – compared to 2007.
  • Modernisation of the condensate treatment system at Demi II. Expected result: reduction of hydrochloric acid and soda lye consumption by 80%, and sewage discharge by 85%. In progress. Expected completion date – 1st quarter of 2009.
  • Construction of sound absorbing booth for extruding press operating in the Plastics Complex. Expected result: reduction of noise exposure to normal conditions, i.e. < 85 dB.
  • Purchasing a new flexographic printer and fixing it at the 3-layer foil production line. Expected result: reduction of generated waste by approximately 200 Mg/year after the start-up of the device. In progress. Expected completion date – 1st quarter of 2009.
  • 6th edition of environmental education event: “A Tree for a Bottle”.

Basell Orlen Polyolefins Sp. z o.o.

  • Reduction of uncontrolled emission at the Polyethylene II unit compared to 2007. Aliphatic hydrocarbon emission reduced by 7%.
  • Active participation of the personnel in the 15th edition of the “Clean the World” campaign (September 2008). The target area was Brudzeński Landscape Park. BOP was one of the sponsors of the event.
  • Organisation of a pro-environmental forum – 9th Poviat Earth Day, in cooperation with the Poviat authorities in Płock (April 2008). Topic of the forum: “Polyolefins help protect the climate.”
  • Participation in International Fairs of Plastics Processing in Katowice, promoting two proenvironmental educational games: Hostalenek and Spheripolek.

ORLEN Asfalt Sp. z o.o.

  • Enclosing the flame arrester washing unit.
  • Enclosing the emergency tanker truck unloading unit.
  • Modernisation and hermetisation of rail tanker unloading junction at the Production unit in Trzebinia.

The above measures resulted in improved safety at work and the removal of uncontrolled emission sources at rail tank unloading.

ORLEN Eko Sp. z o.o.

  • In August 2008, the Company started up a thermal waste treatment unit of 50,000 tonnes of annual capacity. The applied burning technology in a fluidized bed furnace enables neutralisation of biologically active sediments and sludge contaminated with oil derivatives. The combustion plant may also serve to neutralise dry sewage sludge from municipal wastewater treatment plants. The plant is equipped with an exhaust gas treatment system and continuous emission monitoring system covering, for example: dust, NOx, CO, organic substances and others. The plant meets all the current Polish and EU environmental requirements applicable to this type of activity.

ORLEN Oil Sp. z o.o.

  • Adjusting the Company offer to new market requirements relating, among others, to the introduction of a new EU exhaust gas standard EURO 5.
  • Implementation of the Base Oils Interchange programme with ORLEN Oil base oils, covering mineral motor oils for heavy Diesel motors, resulting in the introduction of modern technology solutions for the following oils: Platinum Ultor Plus 15W/40, Platinum Ultor 15W/40, ORLEN Oil Diesel (3) 15W/40, ORLEN Oil Diesel (2) 15W/40 and 20W/50.

Rafineria Trzebinia SA

  • Preparatory stage for the task: Construction of sewage treatment plant for waste generated at the biodiesel production plant. The purpose is to provide initial treatment of sewage to a level enabling the transfer of sewage to the next treatment plant unit. The overall objective is to protect soil and water. Initial work related to this task, carried out in 2008, involved searching for technologies and a company providing treatment of waste with methanol content. Trial sewage treatment with oxygen and oxygen-free biological method was conducted. Moreover, sewage was analysed, and the possibilities of cultivating active sludge were tested.
  • Protecting re-loading tracks from release of oil products to soil and groundwater. The task involved the purchase of panels to cover the tracks in the 1st quarter of 2008; assembly of panels is scheduled for 2009.

Rafineria Nafty Jedlicze SA

  • Modernisation of the waste combustion plant;
    – modernisation of the exhaust gas wet desulphurisation unit;
    – continuous monitoring of hydrocarbon level;
    – modernisation of control system;
    – modernisation of hydrated lime feeding system;
    – adaptation of waste storage and segregation area;
    – modernisation of a boiler at the waste combustion unit;
    – modernisation of exhaust gas treatment unit.
  • Adjusting storage tanks to current regulations
    – construction and assembly works to prevent oil product penetration to soil and groundwater, by means of:
    – additional steel or laminated bottoms in tanks;
    – leakage warning system;
    – system for continuous tank content level monitoring and overflow prevention;
    – tight anti-spill tray with spill monitoring.
  • Construction of used oil segregation unit to increase the amount of recycled used oil and to enable full (quality) control over used oils from external sources recycled at the Used Oil Distillation unit.

Inowrocławskie Kopalnie Soli “Solino” SA

  • Replacement of an agent – a controlled substance in air conditioners with the so-called “eco agent”.
  • Extension of the hydrant system and modernisation of the fuel unit drive control in order to increase safety at the “Góra” Salt Mine and Underground Oil and Fuel Store.
  • Pipeline overhaul and purchase of a meter to measure pipeline wall thickness in order to prevent brine leakage.

AB Mažeikiu Nafta

  • Air pollution monitoring at four measuring points within the Plant’s buffer zone. The monitoring involved analysing the following pollutants: C1-C10, benzene, toluene, xylene, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.
  • Installing an automatic continuous emission monitoring system for large combustion sources (to comply with Directive 2001/80/EC), to measure concentration of the following pollutants: SO2, dust, CO and NOX as well as to control process parameters. like: oxygen content, temperature, pressure, flow.

Unipetrol RPA

  • Reduction of NOX emission in the T700 power plant (1 furnace) – by adding carbamide.
  • Using methanol in the sewage treatment process – nutrient dosed after suppression of OXO production unit.
  • POX unit wastewater treatment (treating soft asphalt with gas) – removing ammonia from wastewater and using the water in the desulphurisation process in the T700 power plant.

Paramo a.s.

  • White spirit production – hydrogenation (from a by-product of the desulphurisation process).
  • Tank reconstruction continued – (scheduled until 2020).
  • Noise protection arrangements continued.
  • Preparing an application for a large grant for OPZP (to reconstruct the VR28 tank).

[1]”PKN ORLEN Environmental Policy”.


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