The Gazprom Neft Moscow Refinery has increased capacity at its automated tanker-loading terminal by 25%, further enhancing the security of fuel supplies to the capital and its suburbs. This cutting-edge complex, constructed in 2019, is designed to handle shipments of aviation and motor fuels to road-tankers. Terminal capacity has been increased in line with higher production at the high-tech Euro+ refining complex, thanks to which the Moscow Refinery has increased gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel production capacity by 15%, 40%, and 100%, respectively.
An audit of all production processes involved in the operation of the tanker-loading terminal was undertaken in order to increase efficiency, with solutions subsequently deployed to reallocate logistics and traffic flows throughout the area, manage and prioritise tanker-loading queues, and systemise procedure in working with equipment — all of which has made it possible to increase daily fuel shipments.
“Deploying cutting-edge technologies, optimising production processes and working with terminal personnel is allowing us to achieve maximum operational efficiency. Added to which, the facility is equipped to the highest possible safety and ongoing quality control. The solutions we have put in place will further increase throughput and loading speed, as well as cutting waiting times for drivers.”Vitaly Zuber Director General, Gazprom Neft Moscow Refinery
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin had previously given the instruction to launch the Moscow Refinery’s ultra-modern Euro+ complex, in July 2020. The complex covers the full production cycle, from refining of crude oil to production of finished goods. The Euro+ complex replaces five previous-generation, obsolete facilities, delivering an 11% reduction in environmental impacts despite higher production volumes.
Throughput capacity at the automated tanker-loading terminal is more than 250 tankers per day. Technology is making it possible to refill all of a tanker’s fuel-storage compartments at the same time — cutting refill times four-fold. A high-precision digital control system means fuel consignments are accurate to within 100 grammes. The complex uses modern environmental protection technologies and control systems which deliver the highest possible level of environmental safety. The terminal is equipped with a vapour-recovery system, which captures spent vapour and condenses it into liquid condensate, before returning it to the production cycle. Further protection is offered by a hermetically sealed bottom-loading system, which prevents any emissions of oil products into the atmosphere while also preventing any dust or sediment from reaching tanker fuel compartments. All filling points are equipped with cutting-edge emergency protection and firefighting systems.