PKN ORLEN enhances the security and stability of fuel supplies

In partnership with PERN, PKN ORLEN has brought on stream the Boronów–Trzebinia fuel pipeline, which will transport 1.5 million cubic meters of fuels per year in an environmentally friendly manner. The new 97-kilometer pipeline section will improve the safety, stability and timing of diesel and gasoline deliveries to customers in the Śląsk (Silesia) and Małopolska (Lesser Poland) regions. The investment also involves expansion of the Trzebinia terminal, which will increase its storage capacity. The works performed by the ORLEN Group are valued at over PLN 200 million and will continue until the end of 2023.

- We have successfully closed yet another strategic project that will enhance Poland’s energy security in real terms and in the long run. The new nearly 100-kilometer-long Boronów–Trzebinia section of the pipeline will increase the range of pipeline transport of fuels produced at the Płock refinery to approximately 350 kilometres. Above all, however, it will guarantee the cheapest, fastest and safest distribution of fuels, and thus stability of deliveries to service stations in the southern regions of Poland - said Daniel Obajtek, President of the Management Board of PKN ORLEN.

The Boronów–Trzebinia pipeline runs underground via eleven municipalities in the provinces of Katowice and Kraków. The daily volume of fuels delivered by this pipeline section equals 70 railway tank cars (or two railway trains) and more than 130 road tankers. The project will therefore significantly contribute to reducing CO2 emissions and improving air quality in both regions.

The new section is an extension of the existing Płock–Koluszki–Boronów fuel pipeline system leading towards the fuel terminal in Trzebinia. Bringing the new pipeline section on stream will increase the pipeline transport coverage for fuels produced in Płock by 97 kilometers. As a result, the Company will supply fuels in a faster and safer manner to the southern regions of Poland, which are characterised by very high fuel consumption. Having said that, rail deliveries to the terminal will still remain an option, ensuring greater flexibility in logistics planning for the ORLEN Group.

Construction of the new pipeline section and the resulting change in the mode of transport of fuel products to the Trzebinia terminal (from rail to pipeline) will be accompanied by a number of investments carried out at the terminal by the ORLEN Group. The work will continue until the end of this year, and the investment value will exceed PLN 200 million. The projects to be completed in the coming months include modernisation of existing storage tanks, construction of two new above-ground tanks (each with the capacity of 10,000 cubic meters), as well as upgrade and expansion of the terminal’s process infrastructure.

The ORLEN Group’s investments in Trzebinia will also bring benefits to the local community, namely an increase in the Trzebinia municipality’s budget of more than PLN 4.5 million a year from property tax on infrastructure, and thus more opportunities for the municipality to deliver new projects aimed at improving the standard of living of its inhabitants.

The pipeline was filled and diesel oil was first pumped late last year, and the commissioning phase is currently under way. Once it is completed, namely at the end of the first or at the beginning of the second quarter of 2023, diesel oil will be delivered via the new pipeline section on a regular basis. The pipeline is to become fully operational to deliver both diesel oil and gasoline in the third quarter of the year.

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