The illuminated Motor Oil oil refinery in Agios Theodoros, Corinth

The Refinery

The Refinery is located in Agioi Theodoroi, Corinth, about 70 km from the centre of Athens.

The Refinery with its ancillary plants and fuel distribution facilities forms the largest privately owned industrial complex in Greece and is considered one of the most modern refineries in Europe. The complexity of Motor Oil’s refinery stands at 12.61 according to Nelson’s Complexity Index.

It has the capacity to process various types of crude oil and manufactures a wide range of oil products. It supplies commercial oil companies in Greece, but the bulk of its production is sold abroad. Moreover, it is the only refinery that produces base oils in Greece. Refinery products meet the European Union specifications, as well as the most stringent international standards. The technical sophistication of the refinery allows Motor Oil to manufacture products with high added value, adjusting the final product mix to market needs, ensuring better distribution prices and achieving better refining margins than other composite refineries in the Mediterranean.

Characteristics of the refinery

  • Processing capacity: 185,000 barrels of crude oil per stream day (BSD).
  • The refinery produces all types of fuel and is one of the most advanced and complex in Europe, with Hydrocracker and Catalytic Cracking units and an 12.61 rating on the Nelson Complexity Index.
  • It produces refined fuels (gasoline and automotive diesel) in accordance with the EU specifications.
  • It has ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality, ISO 14001:2015 for the Environment, OHSAS 18001:2007 certification for Health and Safety, ISO 17025:2005 certification for its Chemical Labs and CE Marking certification for its asphalt products, in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 and the requirements of European standard ΕΝ 12591:2009. This is a combination of standards found in very few European refineries. Also, Motor Oil applies the EI/JIG1530 standard in relation to the production, storage and distribution of Jet Fuel. In the context of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the sustainability criteria laid down by the EU, our company applies a control system for biofuels and the blending of fossil fuels with biofuels, having been certified with the 2BSvs Certificate since October 2016. This certification meets the requirements of the biofuel mass balance and expires in 2021. The refinery has earned two new certificates, the ISO 50001:2011 for energy management, and the ISO 18788:2015 for its security system.
  • It is the only refinery in Greece with a unit producing base oils and finished lubricants, approved by such international agencies as the American Petroleum Institute (API), the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) and the United States Army and Navy.
  • It possesses a power and steam cogeneration unit, which now has a capacity of 85 MW following the recent addition of a fifth gas turbine.
  • It uses natural gas as a fuel and as a raw material for the production of hydrogen.
  • It has a storage capacity of 2,600,000 m3 (Crude Oil: 1,000,000 m3, Intermediate & Finished Products: 1,600,000 m3).
  • It has modern port facilities for tanker docking, suitable for tankers of up to 450,000 tons DWT, which can serve more than 3,000 vessels annually.
  • It has a modern truck loading terminal, which can serve 220 tanker trucks per day and significantly strengthens the competitive position of Motor Oil in the southern Greek market.

Refinery Units

Fuels Production: Crude Oil is processed in the Crude Distillation Units (over 186,000 bbl/day total capacity), from which LPG, Naphtha, Kerosene, Diesel and Fuel Oil are produced. Kerosene and Diesel are further treated mainly in order to remove sulfur thus complying with the required specifications and to produce jet fuel and diesel fuel respectively (both automotive and heating grades).

Gasoline Production: Naphtha here is treated in order to produce gasoline of a high octane number, thus eliminating the need for adding lead in gasoline.

Hydrocracker Complex: This unit is one of the largest investment projects undertaken by the Company the capital expenditure of which amounted to € 350 million completed within 2005. The operation of the Hydrocracker enabled the production of the new clean fuels with low sulfur content according to the specifications of the European Union effective as of 2009 (Auto Oil II). Furthermore, the unit contributed decisively to the improvement of the environmental conditions at the Refinery as the emissions from the FCC were drastically reduced.

FCC Complex: Atmospheric Fuel Oil is fed to the FCC complex to produce LPG, gasoline, diesel, and Fuel Oil. Parts of the LPGs are sent to downstream units and are converted into high quality gasoline components.

Lubes Production: Atmospheric Fuel Oil is also fed to the Lubes Vacuum Unit. After a series of processes in order to improve properties of the lubricants, such as viscosity index, pour point, cloud point, the final base lubes are produced and stored. Additionally, asphalt can be produced form the Lubes vacuum unit, whereas the bottoms of both vacuum units is routed to the visbreaker for further upgrading and production of fuel oil.