Gazprom Neft continues the development of its catalyst-production project in Omsk
Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems is acquiring unique pilot hydrotreatment and hydrocracking testing equipment to supplement existing test facilities at its engineering centre,* an important element in Gazprom Neft’s major project on developing a cutting-edge complex for producing high-tech domestic catalytic systems, based in Omsk.
High-volume catalyst production at Gazprom Neft has been designed on a full-process-cycle basis, facilitating the production of 21,000 tonnes of catalysts per year and guaranteeing the domestic refining industry’s independence from international suppliers. Construction of the complex is expected to be completed by 2021. The development of catalyst production in Omsk is being supported by a special investment contract with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, together with local government. The Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation has awarded the initiative the status of a National Project.
These pilot plants constitute smaller-scale production facilities, allowing the precise modelling of complex catalytic processes, designed to determine the effectiveness of catalysts’ operation under specific environments and operating conditions. A cat-cracking test bench is already in operation at the engineering centre, which will form part of future production facilities. This new equipment is designed to ensure full effectiveness in working with hydrotreatment catalysts.
Alexander Chembulaev, CEO, Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems, commented: “Our project will provide the refining industry with cat-cracking, hydrotreatment and hydrocracking catalysts. Most plants in Russia are currently having to acquire catalysts for these processes abroad. Unique approaches and an integrated approach, including pilot facilities, will allow Gazprom Neft’s catalysts to be tested on refineries’ raw materials in line with specific plant requirements, significantly increasing efficiency in domestic refining.”
Catalysts used in oil refining processes are nano-structured agents which speed up chemical reactions in oil refining. Hydro-process catalysts meeting required quality standards and competitive with those of leading international companies are not currently produced in Russia.
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 partner on this national project, specifically, is the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk (a Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences) which is developing technology for the production of catalysts for hydrogenation processes. The Institute for Problems of Hydrocarbon Refining, Omsk (also a Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences), is also working with the company in developing new technologies and improving existing processes in the production of catalysts for catalytic cracking.
High-technology catalyst production at Gazprom Neft will make it possible to meet Russian refineries’ demand for secondary-refining catalysts in full. Total annual production capacity is 21,000 tonnes, comprising 6,000 tonnes of hydrotreatment catalysts and 15,000 tonnes of cat-cracking catalysts — both of which are used in key secondary refining processes making possible the production of Euro-5 motor fuels.
Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems is a Gazprom Neft subsidiary, managing a major project on developing catalyst production for refineries and establishing a cutting-edge complex to produce high-tech catalysts for key oil refining processes.