Omsk Refinery Declared Best in Russia and CIS

The World Refining Association (WRA) has declared Gazprom Neft’s Omsk Oil Refinery the best oil refinery in Russia and the CIS countries in 2012.

 Omsk Oil Refinery
Omsk Oil Refinery

The award was presented at the 16th Annual Roundtable, Oil Refining and Petrochemicals in Russia and the CIS Countries, which was held in Rome on November 27-29. Over 300 executives of major oil and gas companies from 36 countries took part in the event.

The best companies in the industry were determined by a general vote by experts from the WRA, whose members include representatives of oil companies, engineering and design organizations, and also consulting firms. The voters gave a high rating to projects implemented at the plant under the 2020 upgrade program. In 2012, the commissioning of a motor fuel hydroskimming facility was completed. It will enable the plant to fully convert to production of environmental grades 4 and 5 automotive gasoline (per the Technical Regulation for the Quality of Motor Fuels) and environmental grade 5 diesel fuel as early as next year. The newly commissioned facility allowed the Omsk Oil Refinery to increase the production of fuel meeting the requirements of environmental grades 4 and 5 (per the Technical Regulation for the Quality of Motor Fuels) to 2 million tons during the first eleven months of 2012, which is thirty times more than the amount produced during the first eleven months of 2011. Over the first eleven months of 2012, the Omsk Refinery has refined a total of 19.25 million tons of oil, which is 4.7 percent more than the total output of the same period last year.

Gazprom Neft plans to invest over 115 billion rubles in the development of the Omsk Oil refinery before 2020. The main targets of the 2020 plant upgrade program are improving the environmental properties of motor fuels, increasing the oil conversion ratio, and expanding the range of high-octane gasoline grades, diesel fuels, coke, advanced bitumen materials, and petrochemical products.