For over 35 years - successful, safe, and dependable

HOLBORN – more than 35 years refinery experience for northern Germany

HOLBORN Europa Raffinerie is a successful oil refinery that supplies Hamburg and northern Germany with fuels and heating oil. We annually process up to five million tons of crude oil into gasoline, diesel, heating oil and feedstock for the chemical industry at our company headquarters in Hamburg-Harburg. Efficiency, safety, high availability and our dedicated employees are the guarantee for our success. We are a responsible company that balances environmental protection and safety with profitability. And we have been a reliable partner and an attractive and socially responsible employer for over 30 years. We have over 300 employees and are one of the most energy-efficient refineries in Europe.


Through our parent company, Holborn Investment Company Limited (HICL), we are part of Oilinvest (Netherlands) B.V.  Oilinvest operates filling stations in Italy, Spain, and Switzerland via its Tamoil subsidiaries. Tamoil is also represented in the German market under the "HEM" brand.

Our refinery has a wholly owned subsidiary, Norddeutsche Ölleitungs GmbH (NDO), whose pipeline pumps the crude oil from Wilhelmshaven to our refinery in Hamburg. We also have a shareholding of around 20 percent in Nord-West Oelleitung GmbH (NWO), whose tanker discharging piers and storage tanks are used to deliver our crude oil in Wilhelmshaven.

We are working under a processing agreement and process crude oil on behalf of our sister company HOLBORN European Marketing Company Limited (HEMCL), who purchases and provides us with crude oil and then resells the finished refinery products on the market. This partnership allows us to concentrate fully on our core business – the production of high-quality heating oil and fuels.


We are reliable and pragmatic. We roll our sleeves up and get on with things. With a rough exterior and a soft core, we've got that touch of humour and placid composure that North Germans are famous for. We use expertise and meticulous care to overcome all challenges, from the largest project to the smallest detail. We apply reliability and responsibility to ensure that the business "runs" safely and in an environmentally conscious manner, 365 days a year.

What unites us:

Our team keeps everything running: facilities and infrastructure, administration and logistics. At HOLBORN, no job is the same as another. But no matter how different our professional tasks – we all work with the same dedication and passion.

Who do we want?

Anyone who prefers "hands-on" work, is enthusiastic about chemistry and technology, and wants to achieve a lot will fit in with us. If that sounds like you, apply now!

By the way: we particularly welcome applications from women, especially in the technical division. Applications from those with severe disabilities are also very welcome.

"For a trained chemist, this is a dream job, a hole-in-one, something really tangible."

Marius Thiel, with HOLBORN since 2010. As an operator, he controls and monitors the plant, on-site and from the control center.

“I really like working here. For me as a process engineer, HOLBORN offers a wide range of possibilities for me to use my skills and gives me the option of taking on new tasks and evolving professionally. And the view when the sun rises over the facilities in the morning is amazing!”

Maike Többen, with HOLBORN since 2011. As an engineer, she makes sure that the processes are stable and efficient.

"I like the job and the team too, and a lot of young colleagues have joined the company as well and that makes a good mix. We also have fun together outside of work."

Zbigniew Kubicki, with HOLBORN since 1996. As a designer with a focus on plant and pipeline planning, he designs new facilities or converts existing ones.