Gazprom Neft refineries are implementing major long-term innovative projects aimed at developing strategic technology and R&D to meet the technical requirements of its refineries.
Key areas of Gazprom Neft’s innovative development programme in the refining and petrochemical business through 2025 include improving product quality (in particular, reducing sulphur and aromatic content of petrol and diesel fuels), improving refining yield, developing new types of products, improving production efficiency and green technology.
Research and development for the refining and petrochemical business is conducted in partnership with leading Russian scientific research institutions:
An example of a large-scale innovative project is the development of a bi-zeolite catalytic cracking catalyst together with the Institute of Hydrocarbon Refining of the Siberia Department of the RAS and its subsequent production at the Omsk Refinery. Implementation of the new catalyst allowed the plant to increase light petroleum product and refining yields while reducing sulphur content and operating costs. Gazprom Neft is the largest Russian manufacturer of microspheric catalytic cracking catalysts.
Research and development has been conducted to develop new bitumen recipes, including polymer-bitumen binding materials.
In 2014, Gazpromneft-Total PMB (a joint venture between Gazprom Neft and Total S. A. (France)) began production of the G-Way Styrelf polymer-modified bitumen. This next generation product is unique for the Russian polymer-bitumen binding material market. The product offers consumers a polymer-modified bitumen that does not suffer from defects that are typical for the Russian market: it does not stratify during transportation and retains virtually all of its properties during long-term storage.
Gazprom Neft’s Moscow and Omsk Refineries have completed their transition to cryogenic production of nitrogen used for technical refining purposes. This facilitated a reduction in air CO2 emissions by 32% at the Omsk Refinery and 28% at the Moscow Refinery. Previously, nitrogen was produced by burning natural gas, generating CO2 as a by-product. The new environmentally friendly method allows for nitrogen to be produced from the air at extremely low temperatures. Gas obtained using this method is nearly 100% pure, meaning that it can be used in other refinery technical processes, especially those requiring high gas quality.