Gazprom Neft has one of the fastest growing throughput refinery operations in Russia. In 2011, the Company increased its throughput by 6.8 percent to 40.5 million tonnes by consolidating alternative sources of oil processing at its Moscow refinery . In 2011, the Company was the third largest refiner of oil in Russia.
Gazprom Neft has set out to allocate more of its resources to fuel production. The Company intends to increase its conversion rate of light products to
A large-scale modernisation programme is being carried out on the Company’s refineries to improve the environmental performance of the fuels, increase processing depth and expand the product range across octane gasoline, diesel fuels, aromatic hydrocarbons, coke, modern bitumen products and petrochemicals.
Gazprom Neft’s main refining assets are the Omsk refinery and the Moscow refinery, where the Company holds exclusive rights to all of the volumes processed.
The Omsk refinery is one of the most advanced refineries in Russia and one of the largest in the world. Main products include gasoline, diesel fuel, construction and road bitumen, fuel oil, jet fuel, as well as variety of aromatic hydrocarbons, liquefied petroleum gases, various lubricants, additives, catalysts and other products.
In 2010, the Omsk refinery remained Russia’s leading producer of light petroleum products and aromatic hydrocarbons. In 2011, refining throughput reached 19.95 mln tonnes, with an oil conversion rate of over 84 percent, comfortably above the Russian industry average of around 70 percent.
In spring 2011, the Omsk refinery began producing Class 4 gasoline and plans to commence production of Class 5 gasoline and diesel fuel from 2015.
A large-scale modernisation programme is taking place at the Omsk refinery. As part of this programme — due to be completed in 2020 — a light gasoline fractions isomerisation complex called Izomalk-2 was put into commercial operation in October 2010. The plant’s capacity is 800,000 tonnes per year. Izomalk-2 makes it possible to produce a high octane number component of commercial gasolines — isomerisation — with zero sulphur, or aromatic and unsaturated hydrocarbons content. The Omsk refinery is currently the most powerful plant of its type in Europe.
A deparaffination process was introduced at the L-24/7 diesel fuel hydrotreatment plant in 2011 that has the ability to convert summer diesel into a winter equivalent. Construction was pushed forward at the facilities for the hydrotreatment of catalytically cracked gasoline and diesel fuel. The Omsk refinery also implemented a series of projects to improve industrial and ecological safety in 2011.
The capacity modernisation programme at the Moscow refinery continued in 2011, with projects to build a light naphtha isomerisation plant and a hydroskimming plant for catalytically cracked gasoline. When operation commences in 2013, the site’s entire output of gasoline will be grade 4 and 5. The Moscow refinery processed 10.8 million tonnes of oil in 2011, 21% up on 2010 levels.
Construction of the light gasoline fraction isomerisation plant at the Slavneft-Yaroslavnefteorgsintez site was completed in 2011. The plant represents the fifth largest refinery in Russia by volume of primary processing of crude oil. Gazprom Neft holds a 50% stake in the total amount processed at the site, where further upgrades are being carried out. A hydrotreatment plant for catalytically cracked gasoline with an annual capacity of 800,000 tonnes was launched in 2011.
In 2011, Gazprom Neft’s Serbian asset NIS refined 2.359 million tonnes of oil at its own refineries in Pancevo and Novi Sad. In 2010, as part of the modernisation of the NIS refining facilities, the Pancevo refinery started the construction of a hydro cracking and hydro treatment complex. When the complex is commissioned in 2012 the Company will be able to increase the refining throughput to the refinery’s maximum loading of 4.8 million tonnes per year. This will allow Gazprom Neft to fully supply the local Serbian market, as well as export to other countries in the Balkan region.
Since 2008, all Gazprom Neft Group units have been implementing the Integrated Management System for Health and Safety and the Environment, as required by OHSAS 1800, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.