The Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery has concluded a general cooperation agreement with the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis (BIC, Novosibirsk) on the development of technology for the production and application of catalysts in hydro-refining (hydro-treatment) and hydro-cracking. The document was signed by Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery General Director Oleg Belyavsky and Director of the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, Valentin Parmon.
The existing catalyser production facilities at the Gazprom Neft Oil Refinery (the only such facilities of their kind in Russia) produce catalysers used in catalytic cracking — one of the most important processes in advanced oil refining.
The signed agreement envisages greater cooperation between the Omsk Refinery and the BIC in both the reconstruction and subsequent operation of existing catalyst production facilities, and in improving production technologies and modifying new forms of catalysers used in hydro-treatment and hydro-cracking processes. In addition to this, the Institute of Catalysis will provide technological support to consumers of catalyser products from the Omsk Refinery, particularly with regard to their application and usage, as well as developing a training course for employees involved in catalyser production. Under the terms of this agreement, the Omsk Refinery will now be able to carry out expert examinations and qualification testing of catalysers for hydrogenation processes, at pilot facilities of the BIC. Intellectual property rights to any new forms of catalysers will rest with the Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery.
Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery General Director Oleg Belyavsky commented: “This agreement is of major significance to the Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery and the BIC. It further strengthens the existing relationship between the Omsk Refinery and one of the most significant Russian scientific research centres in catalytic processing. It will allow the application of cutting-edge research and development in the high-technology production of catalysers in our region. The BIC will become a strategic partner to the Omsk Refinery in the resolution of a wide range of issues, including import substitution.”
The widespread use of catalytic hydro-treatment and hydro-cracking processes in modern refining is the result of increasing ecological requirements regarding the quality of oil products produced. The use of hydro-treatment technologies removes the sulphur content and nitrogen compounds from motor fuels, with the result that the environmental impact of road transport is reduced. The use of hydrocracking allows the production of a wide range of super-grade motor fuels — including fuels produced from raw materials which were previously used exclusively in the production of heavy petroleum products.
The Institute of Catalysis was founded in 1958 as a part of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The founder and the first Director of the Institute (to 1984) was academician Georgii Konstantinovich Boreskov, an eminent scientist and academic, and an expert in the field of catalysis and chemical technology.
The Boreskov Institute of Catalysis (BIC) is now one of the largest research centres specialising in catalysis, worldwide. The BIC has affiliates in St Petersburg and Volgograd. The permanent staff consists of c. 1,000 employees, including 350 research scientists. The R&D activities of the BIC range from fundamental problems of catalysis to the development of new catalysts and catalytic technologies, and the design of pilot production facilities for catalyst manufacture.
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