- On November 9 last year, the Land and Environmental Court granted Preem AB permission for existing and extended operation of Preemraff in Lysekil.
- The company wants to expand the refinery and in a new plant annually convert 2.5 million tonnes of heavy oil to lower sulfur gasoline and diesel, an investment of around SEK 15 billion.
- Preem estimates that the planned expansion will increase their greenhouse gas emissions, from 1.7 million tonnes to 3.4 tonnes per year. This corresponds to 17 percent of today's total emissions from all industry in Sweden - or more than six times the domestic aviation's annual emissions.
- If the expansion becomes reality, it would make the refinery the facility in the country that emits the most climate-impacting gases.
- At the same time, Preem is doing what they can to reduce their emissions, for example by increasing the production of renewable fuels and by investing in carbon capture, so-called CCS technology.
- The expansion plans have created an infected conflict in Lysekil, where jobs and environmental investments are placed against the local environment and the climate.
- Over a hundred people, both local residents and environmental organizations, including the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, have appealed from the judgment last year. On the net, a name gathering to stop the expansion soon received 5,000 signatures.
- On Monday, June 17, the Land and Environment Superior Court decided that the case should be considered. This means that the construction is postponed for the future and may be stopped.
- Both the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the County Administrative Board announced in July that they want the government to consider whether the extension should be allowed.
- On August 23, the government announces that they will consider whether the extension will be approved or not.
This has happened: Preem's planned expansion in Lysekil
Preem's planned expansion of the Lysekil refinery is criticized by, among other things, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and has created an infected conflict in the resort, where jobs and environmental investments are placed against the local environment and the climate. Here is a summary of what has happened so far.