Our refinery operations are based in Sarroch, on the southern coast of Sardinia. With processing of approximately 15 million tonnes of crude oil per year, Sarlux is the largest refinery in the Mediterranean in terms of production capacity and structural complexity and provides around 16% of Italy’s capacity.
The site also has an IGCC (Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle) plant, with installed capacity of over 575 MW, which generates more than 4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year. All the electricity produced is sold to the Energy Services Operator (Gestore dei Servizi Energetici - GSE S.p.A.).
The refining cycle is completely integrated with the IGCC plant, which uses the heavy hydrocarbons produced by the refining process, usually employed to obtain fuel oil and converts them into electricity and heat. The plant covers over 30% of Sardinia’s energy demand.
In Sardinia, the Saras products (fuel, LPG, diesel, electricity, etc.) ensure stable and continuous energy supply for public authorities, households, law enforcement agencies and civil protection. Saras also supplies the Firefighters’ aircraft, a crucial service especially in the summer season, when the prompt response of fire-fighting helicopters is key. The Sarroch refinery also produces the fuels for the forestry authority vehicles, hospitals, schools and public offices. The refinery ensures constant supply, thus helping to offset the island’s geographical constraints.
THE MARINE TERMINALS
Oil production has a high output of middle distillates (diesel and kerosene) and light oil products (LPG, gasoline and virgin naphtha), which, taken together, in 2013 accounted for around 88% of total production. read
The Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant generates electricity, hydrogen and steam from the heavy hydrocarbons resulting from the refining process. read