Japan is almost entirely dependent on imports of crude oil.
We import crude oil from around the world, but mainly from the Middle East. Our the Sodegaura Refinery processes this crude oil into a range of high-quality petroleum products while ensuring safe operations with minimal environmental impact. The finished products are distributed to customers in Japan and overseas.
The Sodegaura Refinery has one of the largest refinery landing piers in Japan. The pier can handle tankers up to 120,000 DWT and has the capacity to export 3 million kiloliter of petroleum products each year, equivalent to around 40% of the refinery’s production capacity.
Crude oil deliveries
Crude oil arriving in Tokyo Bay in large 300,000 DWT-class tankers is delivered to the Sodegaura Refinery from the Keiyo Sea Berth, which is jointly operated by four refineries in the Keiyo area. Crude oil imported by 120,000 DWT and smaller tankers, as well as ship-borne imports of gasoline, kerosene and diesel fuel, are delivered directly to Fuji Oil’s dedicated landing pier.
the sea berth can accommodate two 300,000 DWT tankers at the same time.
The sea berth is connected to the refinery by an undersea pipeline.
Crude oil storage
The Sodegaura Refinery has 15 storage tanks and the Nakasode Crude Storage Base has 12. Imported crude oil is transported to these tanks for storage.
Fuji Oil and other oil companies in Japan are required to hold 70 days of crude oil and petroleum product reserves in case of an emergency.
Refining and production
Facilities at the Sodegaura Refinery incorporate advanced technologies and a production system allows the refinery to respond flexibly to changes in demand for petroleum products.
In Japan and worldwide, demand for petroleum products is shifting to lighter distillates such as gasoline, kerosene and diesel. We expect demand for these products to continue rising over the long term.
The Sodegaura Refinery is capable of producing lighter distillates from heavy crude oil thanks to processing units incorporating the advanced technology, such as our proprietary vacuum residue thermal cracking unit (Eureka Thermal Cracking Unit).
An integrated cutting-edge production system is used to operate and manage oil refining equipment, enabling efficient production of various products.
The Sodegaura Refinery has around 140 tanks, ranging in size. These tanks are used to store a variety of products made by the refinery, such as gasoline, kerosene and LPG.
Petroleum products made by our refinery are delivered to domestic clients throughout Japan by sea, rail, road and pipeline. We also export our products to overseas clients.