Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Saras has sustainability, health, security in DNA


(by Maria Grazia Marilotti)

Cagliari, May 7 - Italian energy group Saras is one
of Europe's leading independent operators in the oil refining
Its history begins with an intuition.
Back in 1962, the late Angelo Moratti identified a
strategic position at the centre of the Mediterranean, right
along the route of big tankers, from which crude oil could be
acquired and refined products distributed.
The Sarroch refinery was thus born along the southwestern
coast of the Gulf of Cagliari, right in the middle of the 'Mare
Built at a time of crisis, it was welcomed locally for the
number of jobs it created: 1,200 direct employees, another 800
through controlled companies and over 3,000 workers employed by
industries working for the refinery.
Sustainability, health, the environment and security are
the main values promoted through the adoption of an integrated
management system, the company says.
Saras calls the production capacity and complexity of the
machinery are "a model of efficiency and environmental
With its 50 years of history, Saras has become a true
giant, refining 15 million tons of raw material a year - 300,000
barrels a day.
The company now covers 15% of Italy's total
oil-distillation capacity.
Both through direct sales and controlled companies - Arcola
Petrolifera Spa and Deposito di Arcola Srl in Italy and its
controlled company in Spain Saras Energia Spa - the group sells
on the Italian, European and extra-European markets diesel oil,
gas, fuel for heating, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), virgin
nafta and aviation fuel.
Although oil refinement and its commercialization remain
the core business, the facility has also started producing
electrical energy in the past decade.
It produces four billion kWh of electrical energy on an
annual basis, covering over 30% of Sardinia's energy needs.
Saras has also invested in renewable energy sources.
With its controlled company Sardeolica Srl, Saras has the
wind farm Ulassai, with an installed capacity of 96 MW.
The group has also invested in scientific research and
industrial engineering in the oil sector, energy and the
environment through its Sartec Spa.
Its controlled company Sargas Srl is also active in
research, transport, storage and the commercialization of
gaseous hydrocarbons.
Given the critical phase of the oil refining market
throughout Europe - the drastic decline of demand for oil
products on one side and the greater profitability of Middle
Eastern competitors on the other - Saras Group has not been
unprepared, but says it has elaborated strategies able to focus
its industrial choices on research and top operational
In particular, the 'Focus Project' has been active since
2010 in the Refining sector, an asset-management programme aimed
at cutting costs and improving production efficiency and the
effectiveness of industrial operations.

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