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Our complexes, leaders in efficiency and value creation in Europe

At the forefront of refining in Europe

We have one of the most efficient refining systems in Europe, which enables us to generate higher value products with a lower carbon intensity. Moreover, we believe that the industry is a key element in creating jobs and driving economic development.
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    7 refineries

    five of which are interconnected and operate as one 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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    Logistical advantage

    Distribution from two of the most important points in Europe: the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
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    1 million+

    barrels per day: the refining capacity of our industrial complexes.
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    €1.3 billion+

    Invested in improving energy eficiency, safety, and the environment in 2019.

The refinery of the future:
A key pillar for a decarbonized industry

Owing to our commitment to innovation, we boast pioneering refining assets in terms of technology. which makes them more efficient, safe, and sustainable. Industry 5.0 is key for the intelligent management of processes and resources and for contributing to a decarbonized planet.

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Net zero emissions by 2050

We are the first energy company to make the commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, which is aligned with the climate objectives set out by the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Goals.

Innovation and sustainability:
The keys to maintaining our leadership position

The circular economy lies at the core of the strategy by doubling high-quality biofuel production up to 600,000 tons per year in 2030, integrating renewable energy into our operations through green hydrogen production, and using electricity derived from renewable sources.

How the refining process works

We use chemical and physical processes to transform crude and other raw materials into better quality products with higher added value for sale.


The crude oil obtained from wells around the world travels to our Industrial Complexes by sea or in pipelines. After it has arrived, it is analyzed and sent to different areas of the refinery for processing. 

The first stage in processing crude oil consists in physically separating the hydrocarbons found in the oil according to their boiling point. First, the crude oil is fed into a distillation column where it is heated at high temperatures. Then, the lighter components, such as gases, rise to the top of the column while the heavier ones, such as lubricants and bitumens, stay at the bottom. Even though we tend to think of gasoline or diesel, there's a lot more we can obtain from crude oil. Tires, asphalts, plastics, containers, and numerous other products have one thing in common: they all came out of an oil barrel.