Gazprom Neft has begun construction of an automated 1.2-million-tonnes-per-year railcar oil-products loading facility (AUTN-1) at its Omsk Refinery. The company’s total investment in this project is RUB2.8 billion.
Technology to ensure airtight and leak-proof filling will be implemented at the facility, avoiding any release of fumes into the atmosphere. The project forms part of the comprehensive modernisation of the Omsk Refinery, an initiative being undertaken by Gazprom Neft since 2008, directed at improving production efficiency and implementing best practice in industrial safety, as well as the subsequent reduction in environmental impacts.
The automated timed-filling facility will be equipped with a modern activated carbon filter system, ensuring the absorption of up to 99 percent of vapour from petroleum-products and returning this to the secondary refining cycle. Thanks to full process automation at the AUTN-1 plant, the accuracy of filling operations and commercial accounting for all shipments — including gasoline, diesel and marine fuels, aromatic hydrocarbons (paraxylene, o-xylene, benzene, and toluene concentrate) and aviation fuels — will be improved.
The new installation will replace the open-gallery overhead rail facilities at the Omsk Refinery’s Commodity Supply Base No. 1.
The Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, is Russia’s largest such facility by refining volumes, and one of the most cutting-edge refineries in the country. The Omsk Refinery produces in the order of 50 types of oil products, including high-octane gasolines, diesel and marine (bunkering) fuels, aviation kerosene, bitumen, household gas, heavy fuel oil (mazut), industrial sulphur, and other products in line with market demand.
Gazprom Neft has been implementing an extensive modernisation programme at its Omsk Refinery since 2008. The first stage of modernisation of the Omsk Refinery, completed in 2015, involved the construction and refurbishment of key technological facilities, allowing the business to transition to
New production facilities will be built at the Omsk Refinery, and existing installations refurbished in line with the latest environmental, reliability and safety requirements, across all production processes. Improving efficiency in production processes is being addressed through process improvements and the implementation of new and innovative technologies.