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Our daily refining capacity of 176.000+/- has established us as an experienced, safe and reliable operator. 

We own and operate the Cressier Refinery, in Switzerland, and own a 51.4% share in the Bayernoil Refinery in Germany. Bayernoil is currently one of Europe’s largest and most modern refineries.

Both refineries produce a wide range of oil products sold locally for everyday use including jet fuel for the aviation sector, gasoline and diesel for personal and industrial vehicles, heating oil to warm houses and asphalt for road construction.

The Cressier Refinery

The Cressier Refinery 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 and jet fuel refined here are sold mainly to the Swiss market. Products are dispatched from truck-loading racks and railcar-loading facilities.

This site is an integrated atmospheric-vacuum distillation, visbreaking and thermal cracking refinery. It's 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 Cressier Refinery celebrated it’s 50 years of operations in 2016. For more information about the history of this site, please visit our Cressier Jubilee Website (available in French only).

Facts & Figures

  • 100% owned by VARO

  • 68.000 barrels per day

  • 270 employees

  • Nelson Index 6.4

  • ISO Certifications 9001, 14001 and 45001

  • Located on 74 hectares in the Canton of Neuchâtel

  • Built in 1966

  • Major upgrades in 1976, 1993, 2000 & 2021

We see a bright future in the energy sector. Enrique Espin, Technology manager

The Bayernoil Refinery

The Bayernoil Refinery was built in the Neustadt location in 1964, and the Vohburg location in 1967. The refinery underwent major upgrades 1972 and 2008. It is located on 300 hectares in Neustadt and 127 hectares in Vohburg.

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Facts & Figures

  • 51.4% owned by VARO

  • 108.000 barrels per day

  • +790 employees

  • Nelson Index 8.1

  • Built in two locations: Neustadt in 1964, and Vohburg in 1967

  • Located on 300 hectares in Neustadt and 127 hectares in Vohburg

  • Major upgrades in 1972 and 2008

  • ISO Certifications 9001 and 14001

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