A new zeolite filtration and stabilisation facility is currently being installed within the existing cat‑cracking catalyst production facilities at the Gazprom Neft Omsk refinery. The commissioning of this additional facility will allow production of new-generation “Avangard” catalysts to begin, replacing the range of catalytic-cracking catalysts currently produced. Catalytic cracking is a fundamental process in secondary refining, used in the production of Euro-5 gasolines (the highest ecological standard currently available).
The new equipment is designed to improve zeolite structure — zeolites being a key component in catalytic cracking. The use of improved-structure zeolites allows catalysts to be adapted in line with specific facilities’ technical requirements in terms of crude feedstock and product quality. The high accuracy necessary for formulating components to produce tailor-made zeolites has been made possible as a result of ultra-sonic and electro-magnetic flowmeters installed at the new production line, which also will be equipped with self-cleaning filters as well as heat exchangers and mass-transfer equipment.
Gazprom Neft plans to install a pilot catalytic cracking facility in summer 2016, which will allow the pilot testing of new catalyst brands, as well as analysis of catalytic cracking catalysts currently in production.
A Gazprom Neft initiative developing the use of aluminium oxide catalysts in deep oil refining has been awarded the status of a national project by the Ministry of Energy. The Gazprom Neft project, running to 2020, envisages the establishment of a cutting-edge facility to produce catalysts for hydrogenation processes (with a capacity of 6,000 tonnes) and catalysts for catalytic cracking (with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes). On which basis, total catalyst production capacity at the Omsk Refinery will reach 21,000 tonnes, allowing it to meet current demand for catalytic cracking and hydrogenation-process catalysts throughout Russia’s refining industry.
The development of innovative technologies in catalyst production is being undertaken by Gazprom Neft in conjunction with major Russian research and development centres specialising in catalytic processes. The company’s partners on this national project include the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk, and the Institute for Problems of Hydrocarbon Refining, Omsk.
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