Gazprom Neft has signed an agreement with the Omsk Oblast government on an investment initiative in domestic catalyst production for oil refining. The document was signed by Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov and Acting Governor of the Omsk Oblast Viktor Nazarov.
Under the terms of the agreement the Omsk Oblast government will support Gazprom Neft in developing a cutting-edge complex for the domestic production of catalysts for catalytic cracking, as well as new modified hydro-treatment and hydrocracking catalysts essential for key processes in secondary refining of oil. A total RUB11 billion will be invested in the project.
The existing catalyst production facility at Gazprom Neft’s Omsk Refinery (which has no directly comparable peers in Russia) produces catalysts used in catalytic cracking technology — one of the most important processes in deep oil refining and the production of Euro-5 standard petroleum. Annual capacity at the existing catalyst plant totals 3,000 tonnes. Gazprom Neft, in conjunction with major Russian academic institutions, is leading development in technologies for the production of catalysts used in hydro-treatment and hydrocracking, but which are currently not produced in Russia. The construction of a new complex for the production of catalysts for catalytic cracking and hydro-treatment processes means capacity is expected to increase to 21,000 tonnes per year (i.e., 15,000 tonnes per year of catalytic cracking catalysts and 6,000 tonnes of hydro-treatment catalysts, respectively), by 2025.
Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov commented: “Russia’s refining sector is currently undergoing pro-active modernisation, and new complexes — in which new processes are being implemented — are currently under construction at the refinery. Accordingly, the market for catalysts for oil refining is growing. Having established a major and cutting-edge production facility within the Omsk Refinery we will provide the sector with a quality domestic product, fully competitive with the best of similar products worldwide. The launch of this investment initiative is a further endorsement of Gazprom Neft’s commitment to technological development, in which the Omsk Refinery is a flagship and recognised market leader.”
The Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, is one of the most advanced refining facilities in Russia, as well as is one of the most significant in terms of total refining volumes. With a total installed capacity of 21.4 million tonnes (including one million tonnes of gas condensate), the Omsk Refinery is one of the top twenty largest refineries in the world.
The main technological processes used at the Omsk refinery are desalting and dehydration of oil, crude oil distillation, catalytic cracking, sulphuric acid alkylation, catalytic reforming, isomerization, hydro-refining of gasoline and diesel fuels, and production of aromatic hydrocarbons.
The Omsk facility 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 consistent with market demand. The Omsk Refinery is the only such facility in Russia producing catalysts for catalytic cracking.
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