Installation of equipment for a new automated timed-loading unit for rail despatch of light petroleum products has started at Gazprom Neft’s Moscow Refinery. This project forms part of an integrated fuel-shipment infrastructure modernisation programme, itself part of the Moscow Refinery’s ongoing development since 2011. The new terminal has a throughput capacity of 2.1 million tonnes of oil products per year. Investment in building this automated timed-loading unit stands at RUB4.2 million.
Construction works are expected to finish in 2022. The future terminal will replace the existing obsolete system, which will be dismantled Modern hermetically-sealed technology eliminates any possibility of oil products getting into the environment: the facility’s vapour-recovery control system being designed to capture all vapour emissions and return these to the plant’s production process.
The Moscow Refinery’s dispatch infrastructure also includes a state-of-the-art trunk petroleum-products pipeline and a cutting-edge automated road-transport loading terminal.
Capacity at the new terminal will allow gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel to be loaded simultaneously into four tank-cars. Every unit within the facility is equipped with a highly accurate control system which includes a function for measuring volumes dispensed, and protecting against overfilling. The project meets stringent industrial safety standards and is equipped with an integrated security system.
Gazprom Neft is undertaking a major programme to modernise its Moscow and Omsk Refineries, involving total investment of more than RUB700 billion by 2025. Plants have seen 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. Projects now being implemented by both plants will increase refining depth (the “conversion rate”) and light product yield to match those of the best refineries, worldwide.