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Raffinerie Heide GmbH

Located in Northern Germany, Heide refinery, part of Klesh group, onboarded Sigmafine technology around 10 years ago with the aim of building trust in the financing parties by exposing a reliable inventory position by product and ownership.

Accurate feed composition and feed rates to the crude distillers are vital. This has been achieved at first by providing visibility of crude stocks to improve inventory reporting and refinery planning, through the application of composition tracking. Secondly, the full accounting model has been developed at the unit level allowing better coordination among the different actors through a well-defined workflow. Finally, Sigmafine supports the auditing of external authorities, especially in regards to ethanol balance.

Raffinerie Heide is continuously improving the usage of Sigmafine and recently adopted SigmafineHub.

2022 Sigmafine Virtual Summit

October 19, 2022

Ralf Everding

Ralf Everding
Teamleiter Applications – Digital Services
Raffinerie Heide GmbH

Speaker Bio

Ralf joined Raffinerie Heide in 2010 and has held the role as the Applications Team Leader since 2017. He has more than 30 years of experience as a process engineer and application specialist in the refining industry.

He has held roles with Shell Deutschland GmbH on the Global PI Team and supporting Pan European refinery applications. He also worked with DEA Mineral Oel Agon on the development of an integrated refinery information system, and as a process engineer supporting catalytic cracking and crude distillers.

Raffinerie Heide

Raffinerie Heide GmbH

Raffinerie Heide GmbH, based in Dithmarschen, Schleswig-Holstein, is Germany's northernmost crude oil processor. The company has an annual processing capacity of 4.5 million tonnes of crude oil, equal to the oil demands of the entire state of Schleswig-Holstein. The refinery with a medium-sized ethos, which was founded in 2010, produces traditional petroleum products such as petrol, diesel and aviation fuel. It also produces light heating oil and base materials for the chemicals industry. Raffinerie Heide, which is one of the most complex refineries in Europe, is among the best in the continent in terms of utilisation and availability thanks to its strict standards of care in relation to maintenance.

With sites in Hemmingstedt and Brunsbüttel, the company is also working hard to prepare for a new, greener future. Raffinerie Heide is striving to actively help shape the energy transition in Germany, focusing on the use of alternative raw materials and renewables. Raffinerie Heide is working with other partners on the use of renewable electricity and the production of green hydrogen by means of electrolysis.

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