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Last summer, BUCHEN began providing an extensive range of logistics services for one of the largest refineries in Germany. The company is in charge of waste management logistics, transporting materials between on-site facilities and handling all mail at the plant. REMONDIS West is also helping it to carry out the recycling work.
BP provides services for and sells products to millions of customers across Germany every single day with its BP, Aral and Castrol brands. The company operates refineries and produces fuels, heating oil and lubricants which are sold on to wholesalers and distributors as well as to final consumers via its petrol stations. BP runs its Scholven and Horst plants in Gelsenkirchen (a town situated in the Ruhr area) as an integrated refinery. Each year, it processes around 12 million tonnes of crude oil to manufacture over 50 different products: petrol, diesel, aircraft fuel, heating oil, bitumen and petroleum coke as well as a wide range of petrochemical products, primarily for the plastics industry.
12 million tonnes of crude oil
The amount of oil processed by BP in Gelsenkirchen every year to manufacture over 50 different types of product
The various production plants at the two sites in Gelsenkirchen are spread over around 360 hectares – approximately twice the size of the state of Monaco – and belong to Ruhr Oel GmbH, in which BP owns a 50 percent share. Indeed the site functions just like a small town as it covers such an extensive area. This is particularly true when it comes to dealing with the complex material streams: it is essential that a sophisticated logistics network is in place if everything is to run smoothly there. This is where BUCHEN comes into play, providing its logistics services and helping to take the pressure off the site’s operator by performing organisational tasks that only indirectly affect the production processes.
One of the company’s three largest areas of work is waste management logistics which is handled by both BUCHEN and the regional company REMONDIS West. Both collaboration partners specialise in collecting and transporting all types of waste and the tasks have been clearly divided up between the two companies. REMONDIS West is responsible for all commercial waste including paper and cardboard. The various material fractions are first thrown away into a range of different containers, picked up according to a fixed schedule and then transported away for processing and recycling.
The production plants at the sites in Gelsenkirchen are spread over ca. 360 hectares – an area almost twice the size of Monaco.
All other types of waste are collected by BUCHEN and taken to the relevant plant or facility. To be able to do this work, the company procured hundreds of additional containers for the refinery in Gelsenkirchen and invested in a number of new vehicles. BUCHEN UmweltService GmbH’s Ruhr Region division is in charge of the actual operations.
A further contract signed by BUCHEN covers all material logistics inside the plant. The tasks here are extensive, with components and machinery having to be moved between the on-site facilities, drums containing samples taken from A to B and technical equipment transferred from one place to another every single day. All these activities are organised and performed by BUCHEN’s logistics team – a complex task that calls for high levels of flexibility and absolute reliability.
A wide range of refinery and petrochemical facilities: the Gelsenkirchen site has a complex system in place to process crude oil
Before starting this major contract, BUCHEN invested a considerable sum of money to ensure it could carry out the comprehensive logistics tasks in the best possible way. The preparation work, concept and implementation went perfectly: BUCHEN’s services have become an integral part of the site after only a very short transitional period – to the great satisfaction of its client.