The $130m investment is part of the $1.3bn Residue Upgrade Project that Grupa Lotos has begun in a complex of Gdansk refineries to help satisfy growing regulatory demands for environmentally friendly refinery products.
The desulphurisation unit will enable Grupa Lotos to comply with EU requirements that diesel oil contain less than 10 parts per million of sulphur, which will come into force in 2009.
ABB Lummus Global’s business in Wiesbaden, Germany, will be responsible for engineering, procurement of equipment and material, construction and civil work, and construction management including commissioning. The project will be implemented on a fast-track schedule, with start-up planned for early 2009.
The desulphurisation technology is based on a Chevron Lummus Global process, and will allow Grupa Lotos to increase production of ultra-low diesel fuel to approximately 2.3 million metric tons annually. This number will increase when a new crude distillation unit is added to the project.