Gazprom Neft’s Omsk Refinery has begun testing process equipment at its delayed coking unit (DCU), currently under construction — part of plans to modernise the plant’s existing DCU. Once complete, these works will allow the complex to halve its environmental impacts while increasing efficiency in oil refining. The company’s investments in building this facility stand at RUB50 billion — this facility being one of the most important projects in the Omsk Refinery’s development programme, under implementation by Gazprom Neft since 2008.
The two million tonne capacity DCU will allow the Omsk Refinery to reduce its production of heavy fuel oil (mazut), while increasing production of motor fuels and high-quality feedstocks for the aluminium industry. Together with the plant’s other modernisation projects, this future facility will increase refining depth (the “conversion rate”) at the Omsk Refinery to 99% — the level achieved by the world’s best-performing refineries.
Hydraulic pressure testing of tanks at the future facility is already complete. Preparations are currently in hand to undertake tightness and durability testing on pipeline joints. Concurrently with this, pre-commissioning works are now underway at the plant’s substations, the commissioning of which will allow auxiliary energy- and water-supply systems supporting the production facility to be tested and launched. Separately from this, the complex also includes cutting-edge environmental projection systems, including an automated production control system.
“Every project in modernising the Omsk Refinery — without exception — has an ecological element. In improving production efficiency we are deploying the most advanced environmental-protection technologies available, without which oil refining simply can’t be imagined today. The new delayed coking complex is an obvious example of how improving production efficiency goes hand-in-hand with reducing the overall impact on the environment.”Oleg Belyavsky Director General, Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery
Gazprom Neft is undertaking a major programme to modernise its Moscow and Omsk Refineries, involving total investment of more than RUB700 billion by 2025. 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 (“conversion factor”) and light product yield are expected to match the highest international standards.