We can refine - safely

Safety first

Our ultimate goal is to operate our facilities in a responsible and safe manner. That’s why at HOLBORN we adhere to high safety standards and meet or exceed
the mandatory requirements in all areas.

Plant safety

Numerous measuring devices and monitoring systems guarantee smooth daily operations. Several independent safety systems ensure that the plant is automatically brought back to a safe state in the event of an incident. One of these is our flare system, which can be seen on the right.

Because an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, we continually review and repair our facilities. In addition to the regular maintenance, every five years the entire refinery is shut down for a major overhaul ("turn around"), i.e. the refinery is taken apart and checked from top to bottom. Everything is cleaned, repaired, or replaced before it is reassembled. After being reviewed by a third-party inspector, the refinery restarts for another five years of safe operation.

Even though we take every possible precaution to ensure the safest possible operation, there can still be disruptions. That’s why we have an emergency management system in place with emergency procedures and first responders onsite 24/7. To be prepared for the worst case, we simulate and practise for all manner of emergency scenarios.


We take the safety of employees - whether our own or that of partner companies - very seriously. That is why we ensure a safe working environment with numerous technical and organisational measures.

This begins with the best possible protective equipment and extends to the systematic identification and elimination of potential dangers. We promote safety-conscious behavior through regular seminars, training and further education.

Plant security

Anyone entering the refinery area will be registered at the main gate for the duration of their stay. In addition, they receive a safety briefing on the most important rules, from personal protection, the speed limit of 30 km / h to the handling of fire or mobile phones inside the refinery area.