The cornerstone of the AGA hydrogen production unit was placed on Monday, 4th of May at the Neste refinery located at Kilpilahti, Porvoo. Constructing the new unit in Kilpilahti is a significant historical investment for AGA both financially and for expanding business in the field. The total investment will be approximately 100 million euros.
The new unit is operational in August 2016 and it shall replace output from the older Neste production facility in the same area. In the future Neste will acquire about 20% of the hydrogen it needs for the Porvoo refinery from the production unit built by Linde Engineering and operated by AGA. The remaining will be largely produced in Nestes own production facilities.
A document cylinder containing plant designs, some euros and the Linde annual report for future generations was bricked to the block designated to be the structures cornerstone. The cylinder also contains daily newspapers from Öst Nyland and Helsingin Sanomat.
Head of Region Northern Europe Bo Dyrvold, Linde Gas Project Manager Dietmar Frank and Neste Executive Vice President for Oil Products Business Area Matti Lehmus placed the cornerstone in an event with invited guests.
|Dietmar Frank, Johanna Ylikoski, Matti Lehmus, Bo Dyrvold
“Cooperation with AGA is an excellent solution for improving the hydrogen production efficiency. The new facility constructed by AGA increases the available hydrogen production capacity of Neste, which will improve the reliability, and flexibility of the refinery. This arrangement allows us to direct our own investments into developing refinery operations and assures that the Porvoo refinery remains one of Europe's most competitive ones”, states Neste Executive Vice President for Oil Products Business Area Matti Lehmus.
"Industrial production growth is based on investments. Therefore, we are especially pleased to have this opportunity to build this highly efficient and competitive hydrogen production unit for Neste. This project is also significant for our own business activities”, says AGA Sales Director Johanna Ylikoski.
Execution planning for the hydrogen production unit started at the end of last year and it is on its final stretch. Groundwork has been completed; next up is laying the foundation and installing underground pipes. Five to ten local subcontractors shall be working on the site, creating jobs at its peak for approximately 150 persons.
The construction work may cause intermittent noise and increased traffic in the neighbourhood of Porvoo refinery.
For more information:
Oy AGA Ab: Johanna Ylikoski, p. 010 242 0385
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Oy AGA Ab
Oy AGA Ab is part of The Linde Group, a world-leading gas and engineering company. The Linde Group has around 65,500 employees in 100 countries. Finnish AGA is part of The Linde Groups region Northern Europe, including Nordic and Baltic countries. AGA is the leading industrial gas provider in its field, delivering all-inclusive services, including gases, gas equipment, processing as well as training and maintenance services. Gas technology developed by AGA supports customers in improving sustainability, safety and quality while protecting the environment.
Neste Oil in Brief
Neste Oil Corporation is a refining and marketing company concentrating on low-emission, high-quality traffic fuels. The company produces a comprehensive range of major petroleum products and is the world's leading supplier of renewable diesel. Neste Oil had net sales of EUR 15 billion in 2014 and employs around 5,000 people, and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.
Neste Oil is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Ethibel Pioneer Investment Register, and has featured in The Global 100 list of the world's most sustainable corporations for many years. Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) has ranked Neste Oil as one of the best performers in the oil & gas sector. Further information: www.nesteoil.com