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ESSO refinery in Augusta

The ESSO refinery in Augusta is an operating site of Esso Italiana.

It is located in the Province of Siracusa, Sicily, in the Augusta harbor positioned at the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to its proximity to major sources of crude oil as well as to the main destinations of the world market for finished products, it is considered a strategic location for crude oil refining operations.

Vista della raffineria Esso di Augusta

Built in 1949, it became operational in 1950 under the name of RASIOM (Raffinerie Siciliane Olii Mineriali).
Since 1961 the refinery has been owned by Esso Italiana, into which it incorporated in 1972, thereby changing its name into “Esso Italiana Raffineria di Augusta” (Esso Italiana Augusta Refinery).

The site receives crude oil and other raw material/semi-finished products mainly by sea. The refinery includes plants for both primary refining and conversion into finished products. It also has plants for the production of lubricant bases, waxes and asphalts.

Finished products are shipped from the refinery by sea, land or pipeline.

By sea it ships diesel, gasoline, kerosene, aviation products, fuel oil, lubricants, waxes, asphalts and propylene. Some of them - such as asphalts, propane and aviation products - are also shipped by land. The refinery is also connected by pipeline with the neighboring Esso terminal for the transfer of products for transports.

The Augusta refinery shares the public’s objective to protect land, air and water and strives to continuously improve its performance.
From 2007 to 2016, the company invested around €310 million in the Augusta refinery, of which around €175 million for projects related to energy efficiency, health, safety and environment.

Over this period, Augusta refinery’s emissions have been significantly reduced: nitrogen oxides (about 33 percent), sulfur dioxides (about 42 percent), volatile organic compounds (about 84 percent) and CO2 (about 8 percent).

A new cogeneration unit was started up at the end of 2013. The project represented a significant investment to improve energy efficiency and on site power reliability, making the site independent from external power supplies while reducing emissions.

Key figures:

  • Refinery area: approximately 2,2 million square meters
  • Direct personnel: approximately 600 employees
  • Technical-balanced capacity: 8 million tons per year (data as of 1/1/2016)
  • Loading operations:
     Vessels: about 1,000 ships per year using 2 piers with 7 berths
     Trucks: about 1,000 trucks per month using 10 loading racks 
  • Storage capacity: 273 tanks, approximately 3 million cubic meters
  • Production of electric power and steam: 61,1 MW nominal generators power capacity; steam production of 600 tons per hour
  • Certifications: Quality Management System - ISO 9001; Environmental Management System - ISO 14001

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