Oil production has a high output of middle distillates – diesel and kerosene – and of light oil products such as LPG, gasoline and virgin naphtha.
In 2018, these products together made up about 90 percent of total production.
Diesel and Kerosene
Gasoline and Virgin Naphtha
Fuel oil and other
The refinery’s products are mainly delivered to the central and western Mediterranean region.
The Sarlux plants in Sarroch supply the whole of Sardinia with fuels and electricity
(covering 47.7% of the island’s demand).
The raw materials (crude oil and fuel oils) delivered to the plant for processing mainly come from the Mediterranean area (North Africa and the Middle East), Russia, Western Africa and northern Europe.
In particular, thanks to its flexibility, the Sarlux plant is able to process up to 35 types of crude oil from over 90 different countries.
This characteristic makes our facility in Sarroch a leading player in the global refining scene.
ELECTRICITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
The Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant generates electricity, steam, hydrogen, sulphur and filter cake from the heavy hydrocarbons which are a by-product of the refining process (TAR, a substance similar to bitumen).
The IGCC plant produces more than four billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year.
The entire production of electricity is delivered to the national grid (operated by GSE).
Steam and hydrogen serve the refining plants.
The filter cake is used in the pharma, paint, aviation and metalworking industries.
The sulphur recovered from the syngas production process has various uses: in the chemical sector (hydrogen sulphide for batteries), in agriculture (fertilisers and insecticides) and in the pharma industry.
Sulphur content is a key indicator of the environmental quality of products. Low sulphur content means that fuels have less of an impact on the atmosphere.
Throughout the entire process, from selecting raw materials to fitting efficient desulphurisation systems, Sarlux has always adopted the best techniques to increase environmental sustainability; the investments made have greatly improved the plant’s desulphurisation capacity.
Sarlux was one of the first refineries in Italy to stop producing leaded gasoline, before a legal ban was introduced.
This was mostly thanks to the plant constructed in 1983, Catalytic Reforming (CCR), which made the use of lead unnecessary. We implemented a number of other measures to improve product quality and environmental compatibility before they became required by law; an example is the use of double-hull tankers.