Technology and know-how
The Moscow Refinery is one of the longest-standing plants in the industry. The past decade has seen production facilities at the plant — which has a history going back more than 80 years — almost completely updated, making it one of the safest and most environmentally friendly oil refineries in the country.
One of the key modernisation projects has been the construction of the Euro+ combined oil refining unit (CORU). This complex’s full-cycle operation — from primary oil refining to fuel production — has made possible the decommissioning of five obsolete facilities.
Following the commissioning of the Euro+ complex the Moscow Refinery has increased refining volumes and been able to respond flexibly to changing demand on the aviation and motor fuels markets.
The cutting-edge technologies integrated into the construction of the Euro+ complex have improved energy efficiency in production, while digital monitoring systems have improved reliability and control. Following construction of this complex the Moscow Refinery has cut annual energy consumption by more than 7%.
The second phase of modernisation at the Moscow Refinery will involve the construction of a deep oil refining complex, equipped with a vacuum gasoil hydrocracking facility and a delayed-coking unit. Once commissioned, the plant will produce aviation fuel, diesel and coke instead of mazut.
The Moscow Refinery is located within the metropolis — meaning improving environmental safety in production is a priority for the plant. Launching the innovative “Biosphere” treatment facility has increased efficiency in wastewater treatment to 99.9%. The Moscow Refinery has seen a three-fold reduction in its consumption of river water, with almost 80% of water used being returned to the production cycle.
Gazprom Neft has implemented a modern automatic air-quality monitoring (AQM) system at its Moscow Refinery — the first of its kind in Russia’s refining industry. This system tracks air-quality metrics around the plant’s key production facilities, online, transmitting data to regulatory agencies, in real time.
The Moscow Refinery’s automated fuel-loading terminal is equipped with a vapour-recovery system which collects escaping vapours, turns them into liquid condensate, and returns them to the production cycle. Loading facilities are hermetically sealed, preventing any leakage of petroleum products into the atmosphere.