Gazprom Neft reduced consumption of fuel, electricity and heating at its refining assets — the Moscow and Omsk Refineries — in 1H 2018: the cumulative economic effect of implementing energy-efficiency initiatives here being RUB198.6 million, exceeding planned performance by 46 percent. Work on improving energy efficiency throughout the company’s refining assets is being undertaken as part of a corporate energy-efficiency programme within Gazprom Neft’s Logistics, Refining and Sales Division.
The greatest impact has been achieved thanks to the commissioning of a new automated cleaning system for heating equipment at the atmospheric residue deep conversion unit (ARDCU) at the Omsk Refinery, together with the modernisation of major steam pipes, improvements to furnaces at the light naphtha isomerisation unit, and the use of heat-saving coatings in cat-cracking facilities. Work has been undertaken at the Moscow Refinery on optimising the operation of furnaces in crude distillation and cat-cracking hydrotreatment facilities, with heating and steam-condensation equipment also being modernised. A total 14 projects have been implemented in the first half of this year.
Anatoly Cherner, Deputy CEO for Logistics, Processing and Sales, Gazprom Neft, commented: “Almost a third of refineries’ operating costs are on energy. So the issue of saving energy, and increasing the energy efficiency of our assets is, for us, first and foremost a question of business efficiency. In three years the programme at the Omsk and Moscow Refineries has, already, delivered a benefit to the tune of RUB1.2 billion. Work is continuing on optimising energy consumption and monitoring energy efficiency. This approach ensures greater efficiency at our refining facilities, as well as reducing environmental impacts.”
Gazprom Neft is currently involved in a full-scale modernisation programme at its Omsk and Moscow refineries, involving cumulative investment of more than RUB550 billion. 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 the modernisation programme is now ongoing, as a result of which refining depth and the production of light petroleum products will increase to match the highest international standards.