Gazprom Neft has begun construction of a standalone 12,300-tonne-per-year-capacity hydrogen production unit at its Omsk Refinery. This processing facility will provide high-purity (99.9 percent) hydrogen for new and reconstructed hydrotreatment facilities, intended to reduce the sulphur content of motor-fuel components (blending agents). It will also eliminate hydrotreatment processes’ dependence on the rate of utilisation of catalytic reforming units, from which hydrogen is currently produced as a by-product.
The commissioning of a standalone hydrogen source will allow greater stability in the production of Euro-5 motor fuels, higher output of light petroleum products from the Omsk Refinery, and higher production volumes of high-octane gasolines. Implementation of the project is being implemented as part of a comprehensive modernisation programme at the Omsk Refinery being undertaken by Gazprom Neft since 2008.
The project for the new hydrogen production facility has been developed by Russian design institute Omskneftekhimproject. Gazprom Neft’s investment in construction of the facility stands at RUB3.4 billion, and the facility is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2017.
* Reforming is an industrial process for refining gasoline and naptha (blending) oil fractions to obtain high-performance gasolines and aromatic hydrocarbons.
The Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, is Russia’s largest such facility by refining volumes, and one of the most cutting-edge refineries in the country. The Omsk Refinery produces in the order of 50 types of oil products, including high-octane gasolines, diesel and marine (bunkering) fuels, aviation kerosene, bitumen, household gas, heavy fuel oil (mazut), industrial sulphur, and other products in line with market demand.
Gazprom Neft has been implementing an extensive modernisation programme at its Omsk Refinery since 2008. The first stage of modernisation of the Omsk Refinery, completed in 2015, involved the construction and refurbishment of key technological facilities, allowing the business to transition to
New production facilities will be built at the Omsk Refinery, and existing installations refurbished in line with the latest environmental, reliability and safety requirements for all production processes. Increasing the operational effectiveness of production processes is being addressed through process improvements and the implementation of new and innovative technologies.