Omsk Oblast Governor Alexander Burkov praises Gazprom Neft’s implementation of the federal “Clean Air” project at its Omsk Refinery

Alexander Burkov, Governor of the Omsk Oblast, has praised the Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery’s contribution to implementing the federal “Clean Air” project on a recent visit to the plant. The Omsk Refinery is due to undertake nine environmental projects, involving total investments of more than RUB100 billion, under an agreement signed between Gazprom Neft, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, the Federal Service for the Supervision of Natural Resources Usage (Rosprirodnadzor) and the Government of the Omsk Oblast. These initiatives are expected to lead to a 3.7-percent total reduction in environmental impacts in the region, with construction of all facilities expected to be complete by 2021.

The federal Clean Air programme is expected to result in the overall reduction of emissions from transport, heat and power generation plants and industrial enterprises being reduced by over 20 percent by 2024. The Omsk Refinery is playing an active role in improving the environmental situation in the region. During the course of his working visit to the plant Alexander Burkov, Governor of the Omsk Oblast, visited construction sites involved in the refinery’s “Biosphere” water-treatment facilities, as well as the plant’s crude- and deep-conversion complexes — all of which form part of the Clean Air project and all of which are being constructed in line with the latest ecological standards.

Nine projects on modernising the Omsk Refinery, directed at implementing environmentally friendly technologies, building new modern complexes, and decommissioning outdated facilities, form part of the development programme being undertaken by the plant since 2008. During that time the Omsk Refinery has succeeded in reducing environmental impacts by 36 percent, with the implementation of all initiatives anticipated to 2024 expected to reduce emissions by a further 28 percent.

Alexander Burkov, Governor of the Omsk Oblast, added: “Omsk is a major industrial centre, and we are developing our industrial potential. But that development has to be built on our putting in place cutting-edge technologies, consistent with the highest environmental standards. Only that way can we become a modern industrial centre as well as a pleasant city to live in. We can see that the Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery shares that approach completely, and is more than fulfilling its obligations under the federal Clean Air project. Our Oblast faces an important task — to cut emissions by more than 20 percent in five years. And we are going to make sure that all power generation and industrial enterprises fulfil their obligations under the Clean Air initiative.”
Alexander Burkov
Alexander Burkov Governor of the Omsk Oblast
Oleg Belyavsky, CEO, Omsk Refinery, commented: “We’ve long recognised that investing in environmental modernisation is no encumbrance, but, rather means increasing production efficiency. It’s an investment in equipment reliability and workplace safety. We get a reliable production process and highly motivated personnel. Containing production processes completely minimises losses, reduces environmental impacts and delivers improvements in operational efficiency. It’s the same with modern gas- and water-treatment systems: we get additional output and closed-cycle water consumption, reducing our water costs. Ecology isn’t just about social obligations, but also about the economic upside.”
Oleg Belyavsky
Oleg Belyavsky CEO, Omsk Refinery
Notes for editors

The Federal “Clean Air” project forms part of the national “Ecology” project adopted under a Decree from President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in May 2018. Implementation of various initiatives is expected to lead to a reduction in harmful atmospheric emissions in Bratsk, Krasnoyarsk, Lipetsk, Magnitogorsk, Mednogorsk, Nizhny Tagil, Novokuznetsk, Norilsk, Omsk, Chelyabinsk, Cherepovets, and Chita by 2024, as well as a dramatic reduction in air pollution. Total emissions from transport, power generation and industry are due to see a 20-percent reduction in the Omsk Oblast by 2024.

The Federal Clean Air project will require financing in the order of RUB500 billion, RUB381 billion of this coming from non-budgetary sources. Gazprom Neft is currently involved in a full-scale modernisation programme at its Omsk refinery, involving cumulative investment of more than RUB300 billion. The first stage of this modernisation has involved the construction and reconstruction of key technological facilities, allowing the complete transition to the production of Euro-5 fuels, significantly improving energy efficiency and environmental friendliness in production. The implementation of the second phase of the modernisation programme is ongoing, as a result of which conversion rate and the yield of light petroleum products will increase.

* The “Biosphere” is a closed-type biological treatment facility, representing the largest environmental project in the region, and is an automated multistage system, combining several stages of purification, through which all of the plant’s industrial effluents and storm-drainage pass. This new complex will increase efficiency in wastewater treatment to 99.9 percent, delivering almost complete “closed-cycle” water usage.