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VARO sources crude oil from all over the world to refine, store, trade and distribute high quality products in North West Europe.

Pipelines from terminals in Fos-sur-Mer, France, and Trieste, Italy, supply crude oil to the Cressier refinery in Switzerland and to the Bayernoil refinery in Southern Germany.

Storage and distribution terminals in five countries supply a network of resellers, partners and service-stations in North West Europe.


Cressier is currently the only operating refinery in Switzerland and accounts for approximately 25 percent, by volume, of all refined products sold nationally.

Crude oil supply arrives through the SPSE pipeline from the marine shipping terminal in Fos-sur-Mer in the south of France. Light and middle distillates such as gasoline, diesel, blended diesel and jet fuel are sold, mainly to the Swiss market. Products are dispatched from truck-loading racks and railcar-loading facilities.

The site is an integrated atmospheric-vacuum distillation, visbreaking and thermal cracking refinery. It is able to process sweet crude oil and a smaller amount of sour crude oil. The Cressier Refinery has a Nelson Complexity of 6.4.

The refinery of Cressier is celebrating 50 years of operations this year. For more information about the story of this site, please visit our jubilee-website (in French only).


The Bayernoil refinery in Neustadt and Vohburg, Bavaria, produces high quality oil products from over 10 million tonnes of crude oil per year.

Over 700 employees supply the region with products such as gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and heating oil.

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