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Gazprom Neft’s Moscow Refinery completes its transition to fully automated fuel shipments

Gazprom Neft has completed its construction of a new road-transport light-oil-products loading station at its Moscow Refinery — the launch of this automated fuel-loading terminal being attended by Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov.

Modern environmentally friendly technologies, together with the complex’s management systems, are ensuring the highest standards in environmental safety. Gazprom Neft’s investment in developing the automated fuel-loading terminal currently stands at RUB2.5 billion. The project has been implemented as part of Gazprom Neft’s programme of development at the Moscow Refinery, ongoing since 2011.

The new terminal with a capacity of 6,500 tonnes of oil products per day includes 12 posts capable of simultaneously loading tankers with gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel. With technology making it possible to fill all tanker compartments simultaneously, loading times have seen a four-fold reduction. A high-precision digital control system means fuel shipments are accurate to within 100 grams. All information on fuel transportation is analysed through the Gazprom Neft “Neftekontrol” system, online.

The complex is equipped with a vapour-recovery system which collects escaping vapours, turns them into liquid condensate, and returns them to the production cycle. Further protection is offered by absolutely hermetically sealed tanker bottom-loading, preventing any emissions of oil products into the atmosphere, as well as preventing any ingress of dust or contaminants into tanker compartments. All loading posts are equipped with cutting-edge emergency protection and fire-fighting systems.

Anatoly Cherner, Deputy CEO for Logistics, Processing and Sales, Gazprom Neft, commented: “Developing oil-product shipment infrastructure is an important element in modernising the company’s refining assets. Certain key requirements have been taken into account right from the design stage of the Moscow Refinery’s new fuel-loading terminal: the highest possible standards in industrial safety, zero environmental emissions, fast turnaround speeds and continuous quality control. Thanks to modern technologies, we are in a position to ensure greater operational efficiency while consistently reducing environmental impacts.”

The Gazprom Neft Neftekontrol system means oil and oil products can be continuously monitored, from oil’s acceptance at refineries through to the shipment, intake, storage and dispatch of oil products from tank farms, and delivery to end-consumers. Once complete, the full implementation of the Gazprom Neft Neftekontrol system will make it possible to collate and process data from more than 50,000 sensors, guaranteeing effective quality control for customers.

The Gazprom Neft Neftekontrol system is operated by the Gazprom Neft Downstream Efficiency Control Centre. Specialists at the Centre are responsible for controlling every technology involved in the value chain. The Centre’s work is directed at improving business efficiency through cutting-edge data-analysis technologies, predictive analysis and work with Big Data, to create a single and cohesive digital platform for managing efficiency.

Gazprom Neft has been implementing a comprehensive modernisation programme at its Moscow Refinery since 2011, total investment in which now stands at more than RUB250 billion. Initiatives implemented at the plant thus far have resulted in a 50-percent reduction in the environmental impacts of production. The completion of the second phase of modernisation in 2020 is expected to result in a further 50-percent reduction in environmental impacts.

Tags: G-Drive, automatization, automotive fuel, Euro-5, innovation, modernisation, Moscow Oil Refinery, ecology, energy efficiency, digitalization
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