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Gazprom Neft to build new crude distillation unit at its Omsk Refinery

The Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery has received positive approval from Glavgosekspertiza (a Federal Autonomous institution responsible for oversight of building standards and quality control) regarding project documentation for a new production facility — a crude oil distillation unit (CDU). With capacity for processing 8.4 million tonnes of oil and 1.2 million tonnes of gas condensate per year, the new CDU is set to be one of the most significant crude oil refining facilities in Russia. Investment in the project, part of a modernisation programme across all Gazprom Neft oil refineries, is expected to be in the order of RUB40 billion. The Omsk Refinery is currently undergoing the second phase of its own modernisation programme, directed at increasing refining depth and production of light hydrocarbons, as well as ensuring consistent improvement in the plant’s industrial and environmental safety.

The new CDU complex will comprise six sections, including a separate gas-condensate processing unit, allowing an increase in the volume of gas condensate processed and involving additional volumes of condensate in the production of Euro-5 gasoline, diesel fuel and aviation fuels.

Equipment procurement contracts for long-lead production equipment — fractionating columns, compressors and furnaces — have been signed with major oil and gas equipment producers including Volgogradneftemash JSC. An initial delivery of large-scale column equipment for the new facility has already been delivered to the Omsk Refinery during the summer-2016 navigation period.

The new CDU is expected to be brought into production in early 2019, following which six obsolete crude distillation units will be taken out of the Omsk Refinery’s production chain, allowing environmental impacts to be kept to a minimum. A range of cutting-edge environmental solutions have been utilised on the project, including, in particular, the continuous monitoring of furnace (waste) gases from process heaters and the purification of gas fractions to remove sulphurous compounds. The project envisages a closed drainage system to allow recoverable petroleum products to be continuously returned to the refining process, reducing the production of heavy fuel oil (mazut). The new CDU will also meet all current industrial safety requirements as a result of process automation, the installation of warning systems and alerts, and the installation of video surveillance and public address systems.

Oleg Belyavsky, General Director of the Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery, commented: “The commissioning of a new crude distillation unit will allow us to set in place a stable raw-materials base for projects at this facility directed at increasing refining depth. The renovation of technological capacity will increase energy efficiency in crude oil distillation and support refining volumes consistent with Gazprom Neft’s development strategy.”

The Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, is one of the most advanced refining facilities in Russia, as well as is one of the most significant in terms of total refining volumes. With a total installed capacity of 21.4 million tonnes (including one million tonnes of gas condensate), the Omsk Refinery is one of the top twenty largest refineries in the world.

The main technological processes used at the Omsk refinery are deionisation and dehydration of oil, crude oil distillation, catalytic cracking, sulphuric acid alkylation, catalytic reforming, isomerization and the hydro-treatment of gasoline and diesel fuels, and the production of aromatic hydrocarbons.

The Omsk facility produces in the order of 50 types of oil products, including high-octane gasolines, diesel and marine (bunkering) fuels, aviation kerosene, bitumen, household gas, heavy fuel oil (mazut), industrial sulphur, and other products in line with market demand.

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