Gazprom Neft’s Omsk Refinery has embarked on a project to modernise its AVT-10 crude distillation unit (CDU) — an initiative which will see the complex expand its range of light oil products by five percent, increasing production of aviation kerosene and diesel fuels. Expected to run to the end of 2021, this modernisation project will involve a total investment of RUB5 billion. The technological retooling of the CDU forms part of the modernisation programme at the Omsk Refinery being undertaken by Gazprom Neft since 2008.
The modernisation of the 8.6-million-tonne annual-capacity AVT-10 CDU will involve replacing equipment at all of the plant’s 11 distillation columns, optimising heat-exchange processes and integrating modern process-management and control systems, as a result of which — in addition to greater efficiency — environmental friendliness in production will also be improved.
“We are focussing on introducing modern equipment and new technologies under the Omsk Refinery development programme. Improving the efficiency of existing facilities plays a major part in that process.”Oleg Belyavsky CEO of the Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery
Gazprom Neft is currently involved in a full-scale modernisation programme at its Omsk and Moscow refineries, involving cumulative investment of more than RUB550 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 this modernisation programme is now ongoing, as a result of which the refining depth and light product yield are expected to exceed those of leading global producers.