High-Efficiency Processing

PCK processes some 12 million metric tons of crude oil to produce:

  • Petrol (gasoline)
  • Diesel fuel
  • Heating oil
  • Liquefied petroleum gas
  • Bitumen
  • Kerosene
  • Sulphur
  • Aromatic hydrocarbons (benzene, toluene, xylenes) and
  • Energy (electricity, steam)

To meet the wide range of market demands, PCK produces some 20 different grades of fuel. PCK was one of the first refineries in Germany to use biofuels and is itself one of the foremost producers of high-quality biofuel components. All of our fuels are of course sulphur-free.


Innovative residual product concept

PCK is a no-residue refinery. The last remaining crude oil components that cannot be used are converted into electrical energy in our combined heat and power plant. Half the energy we generate is fed into the state's power grid. This modern power plant also supplies district heating to the city of Schwedt. The power plant boasts high energy efficiency and low CO2 emissions. A three-stage flue gas cleaning system eliminates more than 90% of the sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and dust.


Plant capacities

crude-oil distillation units


vacuum distillation units

5.500 kt/a

catalytic conversion plant (FCC)

2.850 kt/a

thermal conversion plant (visbreaker, HSC)

2.600 kt/a

catalytic reformer plants

1.530 kt/a


330 kt/a


575 kt/a


96 kt/a

desulphurisation plants

  • for petrol fuels
  • for petroleum and middle distillates
  • for vacuum distillates

2.200 kt/a
5.300 kt/a
3.300 kt/a

production of bitumen

420 kt/a

production of sulphur

160 kt/a

aromatics production

230 kt/a

power plant

  • steam generation
  • generation of electricity

1.550 t/h
300 MW

Production quantities

Main products
of mineral processing


liquid gases
(propane, butane, propylene)

440 kt/a

petrol fuels

3.000 kt/a

Diesel fuel

3.800 kt/a

heating oil extra light

1.100 kt/a

aircraft turbine fuel

430 kt/a

heavy heating oil

700 kt/a


310 kt/a

petrochemical products /others

(benzene, toluene, xylenes)

165 kt/a


125 kt/a

sodium sulphate

8 kt/a

Green Logistics

PCK profits from the strategic location of the Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline, which brings 25% of the crude oil used in Germany into the country. Russian crude travels for three weeks through 5,000 km of pipeline before reaching Schwedt. Additional crude oil can be supplied to PCK through the pipeline from the port at Rostock.

Berlin is supplied via the Seefeld product pipeline. Kerosene (jet fuel) is carried to Berlin's Tegel airport by tank truck and to Schönefeld airport southeast of the city by rail in tank cars.

Our entire logistics concept is therefore very evironmentally friendly. Product distribution methods break down as follows:

  • 60% by rail
  • 27% by pipeline
  • and 13 % by road.

Hazardous Waste Elimination

PCK Raffinerie GmbH operates its own hazardous waste elimination plant.

More information

Logistics Concept

Processing Schematic

Processing Schematic
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