Energy efficiency in refineries

For us, energy efficiency and reducing the carbon intensity in our refineries is a differentiating factor that gives us competitive advantage.

We set objectives and goals that allow us to achieve benchmarks in the sector:

  • By 2022, we will invest around € 45.2 m in eco-efficiency projects at the Sines refinery, preventing over 120 kt of CO2e emissions;
  • By 2022, we will reduce the carbon intensity by about 20% in the refining segment, compared to 2013;
  • The Matosinhos refinery has been in the first quartile of the Solomon reference regarding energy efficiency since 2015 and we have assumed that both refineries will reach this quartile in 2021.

In 2017, we invested € 5.7m in eco-efficiency projects at the Sines refinery, avoiding the emission of more than 14.5kt of CO2e.

Learn more about our eco-efficiency in refineries.

Refining GHG Intensity

Our investment in energy efficiency also produces results at the level of the carbon intensity of the refining activity. Taking into account the direct emissions of greenhouse gases resulting from this activity and the feedstock processed in each year.

In 2017, Galp was able to reach a GHG intensity of 0.0281 t CO2e/boe in the refining activity. This result represents an improvement when compared with the last year (0.0284 t CO2e/boe). This performance is behind the 2015 result (0.0274 t CO2e/boe), result influenced by specific conditions related to the activity in that year.

An improved resource efficiency - Sines Refinery

We achieved an 11% reduction of the total electricity consumption in the unit for diesel processing (hydrocracker).

Through the implementation of an innovative solution - applying a continuous electric efficiency system in the hydrocracker and introducing a power-recovery processing turbine - we reached a reduction equivalent to 11% of the total hydrocracker electricity consumption (equivalent to 2.5 MW), which corresponds to 857 kg of CO2 equivalent avoided.

It is expected that, by 2021, the Sines refinery will reach the first benchmark quartile in energy efficiency, following the reconfiguration of the heat recovery train from atmospheric distillation and the implementation of a flare gas recovery system. Those projects will contribute to the reduction of the carbon intensity in their activity.