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Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko assesses environmental initiatives at Gazprom Neft’s Omsk Refinery

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Viktoria Abramchenko recently visited the Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery as part of an official visit to the Omsk Oblast. The Deputy Prime Minister — curator of the national “Ecology” project — was given an insight into the environmentally-friendly modernisation of Russia’s largest refining facility, and the measures being taken by the Omsk Refinery under the Federal “Clean Air” project.

Nine of the plant’s initiatives — including the construction of state-of-the-art complexes, the decommissioning of outdated facilities, and the deployment of environmentally protective technologies — form part of a cohesive and integrated action plan under the Federal Clean Air project. Gazprom Neft’s total investments in implementing these projects stand at more than RUB100 billion. The full-scale modernisation of the Omsk Refinery has been ongoing since 2008, with the plant’s total environmental impacts having now been cut by 40%. Environmental impacts are expected to be cut by a further 25% following completion of various projects under the Clean Air initiative.

The Omsk Refinery acts as a pilot test-site for developing and deploying an air-quality monitoring system, through which control sensors will transmit information on air quality — including to supervisory agencies — online. The solution developed in Omsk could go on to become the industry standard and be rolled out to other enterprises.

During her visit the Deputy Prime Minister, together with Omsk Oblast Governor Alexander Burkov, visited the construction site of the most significant environmental project in the Omsk region — the “Biosphere” water-treatment facility. This future complex will increase water-treatment efficiency to up to 100%, while delivering a two-fold reduction in water consumption, reducing demands on the local water treatment facilities. All industrial and storm-drain wastewater will undergo biological water treatment involving the use of special microorganisms, in airtight tanks. The Biosphere’s cutting-edge technologies are already in use at another of the company’s plants — the Moscow Refinery, highly rated by industry experts and the recipient of an award from the Moscow City Government.

The Biosphere is just one of the projects still being implemented at the Omsk Refinery under the Clean Air initiative — other projects having already been completed. The filtration system on a small cat-cracking unit has been modernised; a production complex has now been equipped with a modern modular cleaning system; and a new automated on-spot loading system has already shipped more than one million tonnes of fuel using energy-saving technology. A pressure-tight petroleum-products offloading system has also been deployed at the existing overhead loading rack.

Construction of a deep refining complex, to be commissioned at the end of 2021, is now coming to an end. Advanced technologies mean the Omsk Refinery will be able to increase its refining depth (the conversion factor) to almost 100% (matching the standards of the world’s leading producers), and cease producing heavy fuel oil (mazut) while producing more fuel. This project envisages the use of advanced environmental solutions to reduce production-driven environmental impacts —special vapour-capture systems, for example, will be used to produce marketable products.

“This enterprise is genuinely investing in modernisation. Our discussions today covered the various stages the businesses has already reached here, and its plans for the future. We’re hopeful that this business, specifically, will deliver emissions reductions in line with Clean Air project criteria as soon as 2023. We look forward to seeing this level of activity on the part of other business owners.”
Viktoria Abramchenko
Viktoria Abramchenko Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
“Gazprom Neft was the first to sign up to a four-way agreement together with Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Rospirodnadzor (the Federal Service for the Supervision of Natural Resources), and the Omsk Oblast. And they’re always the first — at any time, no matter what issues come up — to allow access to their plant. They are completely transparent, and are, today, making a significant contribution to (as well as making a significant financial investment in) reducing environmental impacts on the air around Omsk.”
Alexander Burkov
Alexander Burkov Governor of the Omsk Oblast
“The Omsk Refinery is continuing its modernisation programme, the main goal of which is to increase efficiency and environmental friendliness in production. Deploying innovative technologies and digital control systems, and constantly increasing industrial safety, is allowing us to systematically reduce production processes’ environmental impacts. Ours is, already, one of the leading plants in Russia in terms of the rate at which environmentally-friendly technologies are being deployed.”
Oleg Belyavsky
Oleg Belyavsky Director General, Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery