Decades of Crude Oil Processing

Decades of Crude Oil Processing

30 December 1958 Registration in the Commercial Register under the name Erdölverarbeitungswerk Schwedt (EVW)
11 November 1960 Ground-breaking ceremony
18 Dezember 1963 Commissioning of the crude oil pipeline by Walter Ulbricht, East Germany's Chairman of the State Council.
1 April 1964 First stage of crude oil processing started (2 million t/a)
1966 - 1969 Expansion of crude oil processing facilities, including two further crude oil distillation units, refining installations for gas, petrol and diesel fuel, installations for petrol production and sulphur extraction
Late 1967 The Schwedt - Leuna oil pipeline (340 km) and the Schwedt - Seefeld fuel pipeline (78 km) are taken into operation.
1968 PCK begins supplying fuel to West Berlin
30 December 1970 Founding of the Petrolchemisches Kombinat Schwedt (petrochemicals combine)
1972 Commissioning of the terephthalic acid unit
1981/1982 Commissioning of the cracking and aromatic hydrocarbons complex
May 1984 Commissioning of the visbreaker unit
December 1988 Commissioning of the world's first and only high conversion soaker cracking (HSC) unit
April/May 1990 Dissolution of PCK as a publicly owned combine and formation of corporations
30 May 1990 Privatisation agency (Treuhand) takes control of PCK
28 June 1990 The company Petrolchemie und Kraftstoffe AG is entered in the Commercial Register
1 July 1991 Privatisation of PCK Raffinerie by Veba Oel AG, DEA Mineralöl AG and AET-Raffineriebeteilungsgesellschafts mbH
1991 - 1995 Shareholders implement reconstruction and upgrade projects to make PCK one of Europe's most advanced and efficient refineries
1994 Participates for the first time in the "Solomon" international comparison of refineries
12 August 1994


Visit by Ulrich Hartmann, CEO of VEBA AG, to PCK together with the Minister Presidents of Brandenburg, Manfred Stolpe, and North-Rhine Westphalia, Johannes Rau (who would later become the German Federal President).
1996 Renaming of Petrolchemie und Kraftstoffe AG to PCK Raffinerie GmbH
Since 1996 In the "Solomon" comparison of refineries, PCK is shown to be the refinery with the lowest processing costs in Western Europe
18 March 1998 Visit to PCK by Dr. Rafael Caldera, President of the Republic of Venezuela
June 1998 Commissioning of the new industrial power station
1998 - 2002 Implementation of the Auto-Oil Programme for the production of sulphur-free fuels
1998 Upgrading of the Rostock pipeline and Rostock tank farm, with pipeline capacity increased to 6.8 million metric tons of crude oil per year; installation of an environmental monitoring system
2002 Commissioning of the hydrogen production unit (H2B)
2004 Founding of the IP Industriepark Schwedt GmbH & Co. KG as an independent company
2004 Conversion to ETBE unit for chemically binding bioethanol
2006 Commissioning of light gasoline etherification unit for chemically binding bioethanol in petrol
2010 For the first time in the refinery is used natural gas.
2011 The russian mineral oil concern Rosneftgets shares in Ruhr Oel GmbH of Petroleos de Venezuela SA and also become a partner of PCK.
2012 The president of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, visits PCK.
2012 The Energy Management System of PCK (ISO 50001) receives certification.
2013 PCK makes itself fit for the future. The refinery in Schwedt mastered “OPTIMIX13” – the biggest TÜV turnaround in its history – with the support of 150 service providers. In only four weeks large-scale projects, TÜV inspections und maintenance works were implemented and 160 million Euros were spent to enhance the performance of PCK.

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