The reactor, over 90 meters long, is being transported to the refinery of the Orlen Group in Mažeikiai, Lithuania. The cargo weighs approximately 2,200 tons. According to Orlen, it is “the largest logistics operation in the history of Lithuania”. Transport moves at an average speed of three kilometers per hour.
The reactor is the heart of the investment in deep oil processing. It was designed in Italy. The reactor arrived at the port of Klaipeda in early August this year, after which it was unloaded onto an 88-axle modular semi-trailer, 95 meters long and 6.5 meters wide. The total weight of the load is about 2,200 tons, of which the reactor itself weighs about 1,500 tons.
On Friday, the Orlen Group posted an entry on X (formerly Twitter) in which it informed about the ongoing “largest logistics operation in history” Lithuania“A cargo weighing 2,200 tons is going from Klaipeda to our refinery in Mazeikiai, transporting the reactor to the in-depth oil processing installation,” the Polish company said.
The material attached to the entry shows that the load has to travel 145 km, and the transport moves at an average speed of 3 km/h. Orlen noted that preparations for the transport lasted several months and included, among others, strengthening bridges and roads.
The route runs along the regional roads of Klaipeda, Kretinga, Skuodas and Mažeikiai.
Orlen about investing in Lithuania
The Polish company emphasized that the construction of an in-depth oil processing unit at the refinery in Mazeikiai is the largest investment project in Lithuania in the history of the Orlen Group. The project is to be completed by the end of 2024.
According to the company’s announcements, the investment in Lithuania is to increase EBITDA (operating profit before deduction of interest on liabilities) by as much as approximately EUR 68 million annually.
“All this thanks to an increase in the yield of high-margin products by as much as 12 percent from the current level of less than 72 percent to the level of 84 percent. Currently, Orlen Lietuva processes up to 10 million tons of fuel per year to produce the expected volume of fuel, and after the hydrocracking installation is launched, obtaining a similar volume of fuel will be possible with the processing of 8 million tons of crude oil per year.
The company announced that “as early as in 2025, the new installation will allow the production of more high-margin products, which will increase the profitability of the Lithuanian plant, thus contributing to strengthening the energy security of the entire region.”
Main photo source: orlen.pl