The Orlen group (PKN Orlen, Polish: Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen) (WSE: PKN) is a major Polish oil refiner and petrol retailer. The company is a significant European publicly traded firm with major operations in Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, and the Baltic States.
Orlen is the largest fuel retailer in Poland with over 2000 locations. The company runs the most advanced and the second largest complex for terephthalic acid production in Europe. It also has significant investment abroad including the buy out of Mažeikių Nafta and a majority stake in Unipetrol, a Czech refiner. In 2003 PKN Orlen had the chance to acquire 500 filling stations in Northern Germany from BP under premise of an anti-competition rule when BP took over Aral. As of 2007 Orlen has 581 filling stations in Germany (484 under the Star brand, 58 under the Orlen brand and 29 under a supermarket brand).
Orlen bought a majority stake in Czech Unipetrol. During May 2006, the company announced its largest investment ever when it took over a majority share of Lithuania's Mažeikių Nafta, the largest company in the Baltic States, from Yukos. With the completion of the takeover, PKN Orlen became Central Europe's largest company.
Orlen, under a joint venture with the Netherlands firm Basell, also owns Poland's largest plastics company.
PKN ORLEN invest in IPA unit at Plock, Poland
As part of a programme to expand phenol production capacities at its plant in Płock, PKN ORLEN has purchased a licence and basic engineering design package for an isopropanol unit. If the project r...
PKN ORLEN Licenses Honeywell Technology For New Phenol Complex In Poland
PKN ORLEN plans to use the UOP Q-Max™ and Phenol 3G technologies to produce 200,000 metric tons per annum of phenol at its facility in Płock, Poland. UOP is providing a license for the technology, ...
PKN ORLEN’s Olefin plant extension in Płock at hand
As part of the project to extend the olefin complex in Płock contract has been signed with Fluor. The services will involve end-to-end project management across all functional areas – from managing...
ORLEN intends a commercial plant for cellulosic ethanol at Jedlicze, Poland based on Clariant’s sunliquid technology
Clariant and Orlen Południe announce license agreement on Sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol technology. This agreement marks second signed license deal for Clariant’s sunliquid technology. ORLEN Połudn...
PKN ORLEN Licenses Honeywell Technology To Boost Petrochemicals Production in Poland
Honeywell today announced that PKN ORLEN has licensed the UOP MaxEne™ process, which can increase production of ethylene and aromatics and improve the flexibility of gasoline production. The projec...
Thyssenkrupp to build new fertilizer plant in Poland
The new facilities for the production of 1,265 metric tons of nitric acid and 1,200 tons of ammonium nitrate per day will be located in Wloclawek. Thyssenkrupp’s patented EnviNOx process will be us...
BOP has completed PP capacity expansion in Plock, Poland
BOB has just completed a development project on its Spheripol installation which produces polypropylene (PP), increasing its manufacturing capacity by 20 percent to 480 thousand tons.
Investments to come at ANWIL in Włocławek
PKN ORLEN is planning to invest approx. PLN 1 billion in increasing the output of the fertilizers production facilities at ANWIL in Włocławek.