Contentious refinery drops heavy fuel plans, opts for biodiesel

Following a longer period with climate protests, Preem withdrew its application to upgrade the Nordic region's larger refinery, Preem Lyseki. Rather than working with the carbon-intensive conversion of heavy fuel into gasoline and diesel, the group now aims to make biodiesel.

Photo of Preem Lysekil. | Photo: Preem

Cheers erupted from both national and international climate groups earlier this month when Preem withdrew its application to upgrade the Preem Lyseki refining facility.

The upgrade would have enabled the Nordic region's largest refinery to convert 2.5 million tonnes of heavy fuel oil (HFO), also called heavy fuel or refinery residuals, into gasoline and diesel each year.

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