The Moscow Refinery completes construction of its closed cycle mechanical treatment facilities and modernization of bitumen plant.

Press-release

The Moscow refinery open a new window has started set-up and commissioning operations on the new closed cycle mechanical treatment facilities and on the bitumen plant. The Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin paid a working visit to the new facilities.

The capacity of the closed cycle mechanical treatment facilities is 6.7 million m3 per year of high quality, fully treated industrial waste flows. The modern green technologies employed here make the treated sewage six times cleaner, thus reducing the load on the municipal facilities. As a result, air pollution goes down by 97%.

The high-tech bitumen plant with a capacity of 1.7 mmt per year is designed to produce high quality bitumen-based materials. Its revamping has resulted in an increased performance. The plant is capable of producing and dispatching several different types of bitumen products at a time. All production processes are fully automated. The plant features a pressurized bitumen loading system which meets the highest environmental standards while dispatching products. The resulting air pollution is down by 90%.

The commercial operation of the closed cycle mechanical treatment facilities and the new bitumen plant will allow the refinery to drastically reduce its sanitary protection zone.

Chairman of the Management Board of Gazprom Neft Alexander Dyukov commented, "Several projects are underway to improve the environmental performance of the enterprise as part of the large-scale campaign to upgrade the Moscow Refinery with support of the city administration. These projects require sizable investments. By 2014 Gazprom Neft will invest a total of 14 billion RUB in environmental activities and also in construction and modernisation of assets directly impacting the refinery's environmental performance".

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Gazprom Neft - Moscow Refinery open a new window  — is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft. The refinery's installed capacity is 12.15 mmt per year. The enterprise produces automobile (motor) gasolines, diesel, marine and jet-grade fuels, fuel oil (mazut), bitumens and gases for a variety of applications. The refinery is a leading producer of high-octane gasolines and diesel fuels catering to around 40% of the Moscow Region's demand in petroleum products. In August 2012 the refinery increased its output to a record 1.06 mmt, which is 6.3% up compared to the same period last year.

Over the last 8 months of 2012 the Moscow Refinery’s production has reached 7.6 mmt, which is 3.2% higher than during the same period in 2011. The light oil product yield has reached 4.3 mmt, which is 2.1% higher than in 2011, including 1.5 mmt of high-octane gasolines, which grew by 2.1% compared to the 8 month period in 2011. The output of aviation kerosene is 470 thousand tons.

In April 2012 the Moscow Refinery launched the production of Euro-4 high-octane gasolines – almost three years earlier than scheduled by the Technical Regulations.

The Moscow Refinery is implementing a large-scale modernisation program with a total investment commitment of over RUB 130 billion until 2020. The program is devised to improve the quality of petroleum products, raise the refinery yield and enhance the enterprise's operational and environmental performance.

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