Gazprom Neft has begun preparations for the on-site installation of large-scale equipment for the modernisation of its reforming unit.* The project, in which RUB9.7 billion has been invested thus far, will facilitate a
A total 12 pieces of large-scale equipment are expected to be installed, including five chemical reactors, three columns and two furnaces. Leading Russian manufacturers have been engaged in producing this equipment. The facility will also be equipped with a new automated management and control system. The reconstruction of the reforming unit will allow the effective refining of feedstock obtained from two delayed coking units due to be launched in 2020.
Oleg Belyavsky, General Director of the Omsk Refinery, commented: «The Omsk Refinery is one of the industry’s technological leaders, constantly improving its operational efficiency. The reconstruction of the reforming unit marks a further step in this direction. Implementing this project will lead to a
1.5-foldincrease in productivity, allow the production of high-octane Euro-5-compliant gasoline components, allow the effective removal of sulphur and sulphur compounds from raw materials, and reduce environmental impacts.»Oleg Belyavsky General Director of the Omsk Refinery
Reforming is an industrial process for refining gasoline and naptha oil fractions to obtain high-octane gasoline components, resulting in the octane number increasing from 60 to 95.
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.