In July this year, the Omsk Oil Refinery owned by Gazprom Neft began production of Super Euro-98 petrol, which meets the requirements of ecological class 5. Thiswasmadepossibleby the use of benzene isomerate in the production process. This is a high-octane component of modern motor fuel with zero sulphur content, aromatic and unsaturated hydrocarbons.Russia’s and Europe’s largest Isomalk-2 installation, which produces the isomerate, was commissioned by the Omsk facility in October 2010. To date, the plant has produced more than 151 thousand tonnes of this component.
Ecological class 5 fuelis distinguished by its ultralow sulphur and benzol content, and its use in car engines significantly reduces the amount of harmful emissions into the atmosphere.The sulphur content of class 5 Super Euro-98 fuel is five times lower than fuel of the preceding ecological class.
“One of the strategic goals facing the company (as apart of the modernisation of our processing assets) is to improve the quality of our fuels to meet international standards. In accordance with the deadlines defined by technical regulations, we need to complete this modernisation programme by 2015, but I am convinced that the Omsk Refinery is capable of meeting the requirements much earlier”, declared Anatoly Cherner, Gazprom Neft’s Deputy General Director for logistics, processing and marketing.
In March this year, the Omsk Refinery began production of ecological class 4 petrol. Following the commissioning of the Diesel Hydrotreatment and Benzene Catalytic Cracking complex scheduled for 2012, all motor fuels produced at the facility will fully comply with the requirements of ecological classes 4 and 5.
The Omsk Oil Refinery is one of Russia’s largest oil processing facilities. In 2010, the volume of oil processing reached about 19 million tonnes. The refining depth in 2010 amounted to 83.27%, among the best in the industry.
As part of their investment programme into the further development of the Omsk Refinery, Gazprom Neft plans to invest around 100 billion roubles into the facility by 2020.In 2011, the amount of financing provided under the medium term investment programme amounts to 19 billion roubles.
In the first half of 2011, the Omsk facility increased its production volume by 7.6% compared to the same period last year.