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Gdansk refinery receives oil shipment

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A tanker vessel carrying 600 000 bbls (approximately 80 000 t) of domestic sweet crude oil from the US has arrived at the Gdansk Naftoport. The tanker, St. Helen, left Freeport, Texas, US, on 19 October 2017. For Grupa LOTOS, the tanker’s oil cargo is the to arrive from the US as part of the company’s strategy to diversify feedstock supply sources.

“Diversification is one of LOTOS’ priorities, set in our strategy for 2017 – 2022, which we are consistently pursuing, as best shown by today’s delivery,” emphasised Marcin Jastrzebski, President of the Grupa LOTOS Management Board. “This is the first, but not the last purchase of US oil for the Gdansk refinery. In each case, a decision to buy a particular crude is prompted by process efficiency and economic viability.”

“Domestic sweet is a light, low sulfur crude, with many gasoline fractions and little vacuum residue. It is very well suited to winter needs given its low content of heavy fractions, while ensuring excellent economic benefits,” explained Jaroslaw Kawula, Vice President of the Grupa LOTOS Management Board, Chief Refining Officer. “We are taking consistent steps to expand the mix of crudes processed at our refinery, which is particularly important in the context of the EFRA project coming on stream next year, which will give us greater crude slate flexibility. The more we know about different crude grades, the sooner will we be able to derive benefits from the EFRA project.”

Each crude type is examined by LOTOS at several stages. First, it is analysed based on the producer-supplied assays. When the oil arrives physically at the refinery, a sample is taken to the LOTOS LAB, the group’s R&D centre and generator of innovative projects. In this laboratory, specialist equipment for complex oil analysis makes it possible to precisely examine the properties of a given blend of fractions, which determine the performance of key production units. Importantly, the laboratory enables an objective comparison of different crude types under identical external conditions.

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