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Neste refinery shuts down for improvement works

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Neste’s Porvoo refinery in Finland is to be shut down for 12 weeks.
The Porvoo refinery’s major turnaround was originally planned for the spring 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the execution was not possible and only the most critical maintenance works were completed.
The refinery is preparing to execute a major turnaround starting this month.
The shutdown of the process units will begin in stages on 5 April. After the maintenance work, the refinery is expected to be operating normally by the end of June.
In the major turnaround, the refinery is subject to regulatory inspections, maintenance works and selected asset improvement initiatives that are required for the refinery's operations.
The total investments of the Porvoo refinery major turnaround are estimated to be around €330 million.
“Major turnaround is a significant investment to secure safety, availability and competitiveness of the Porvoo refinery for the next operating cycle. During the turnaround, we will execute several investment projects related to the development of the refinery, including extensive asset, automation and electrification renewals,” said Marko Pekkola, executive vice president, oil products.
“We at Neste are committed to arranging a safe working environment during the Porvoo major turnaround. In all turnaround related works, we ensure the health and wellbeing of our employees, suppliers and partners, especially during the exceptional corona pandemic situation. We work closely and in good cooperation with various authorities and follow the Finnish state and regional guidelines and requirements strictly,” added Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson, senior vice president, HR, HSSEQ and procurement.
The turnaround will not affect the product deliveries to Neste’s customers. The Neste harbour and distribution terminal in Porvoo will be operating normally.