Gazprom Neft, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation, the Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service of the Russian Federation (Rosprirodnadzor), and the Government of the Omsk Oblast have signed a Cooperation Agreement on implementing the Federal Government’s “Clean Air” initiative, part of a national Project “Ecology”. Dmitry Kobylkin, Ministry for Natural Resources and the Environment, Svetlana Radionova, Head, Rosprirodnadzor, Alexander Burkov, Governor of the Omsk Oblast, and Oleg Belyavsky, General Director of the Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery were all signatories to the document, which was signed at this year’s St Petersburg International Economic Forum in a ceremony also attended by Gazprom Neft Chairman of the Management Board Alexander Dyukov.
The agreement confirms Gazprom Neft’s intentions in its ongoing development of the company’s Omsk Refinery, where nine projects under the refinery’s modernisation programme fall under the consolidated federal Clean Air project — all of them aimed at introducing environmentally friendly technologies, building modern new complexes, and de-commissioning outdated facilities. The company’s total investment in implementing these projects stands at more than RUB100 billion — representing more than one quarter of the total financing from participating businesses in the programme. Construction of these facilities is expected to be completed by 2021.
The federal Clean Air programme is expected to result in the overall reduction of emissions from transport, heat and power generation plants and industrial enterprises being reduced by 20 percent by 2024. Implementing those projects at the Omsk Refinery that form part of the consolidated programme will deliver 3.7 percent of total emissions reductions in the region — all of which are provided for under the company’s integrated plant development programme, being implemented by Gazprom Neft since 2008, and in which the company has invested more than RUB300 billion. The Omsk Refinery has already reduced its environmental emissions by 36 percent since 2008: implementing these initiatives will reduce emissions by a further 28 percent.
Dmitry Kobylkin, Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation, commented: "The Federal Government’s"Clean Air" initiative, part of a national Project"Ecology" envisages concurrent activities across various areas, including improvement of the road network, switching transport and communal sectors to ecological fuel, introducing monitoring systems, and, of course, modernizing industrial enterprises. This challenging task involves both budgetary and non-budgetary investment, and Gazprom Neft is one of the leaders among the other participating companies here" Gazprom Neft"s own major investments in modernising its Omsk Refinery are making genuine change possible at that enterprise. That sort of socially responisble approach may serve as an example of how a company, while delivering efficiency improvements, can also make its own production as safe as possible for the environment, and meet the most stringent environmental standards.“Dmitry Kobylkin Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation
Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft, commented: “Care for the environment is a key priority for Gazprom Neft” Which is why we pay so much attention to environmental initiatives in the full-scale modernisation of our refineries. The Omsk Refinery is, already, leading the industry in its implementation of environmentally friendly technologies. An innovative"Biosphere" water-treatment facility, and a unique automated air-quality monitoring system will both be built at the refinery by 2021.“Alexander Dyukov Председатель Правления «Газпром нефти»
Svetlana Radionova, Head, Rosprirodnadzor, said: “Omsk is one of 12 Russian cities in which we are monitoring reductions in harmful air impacts. We face ambitious goals here, and joint public—private activities are an important element in addressing these. One can only welcome such extensive and integrated plant-modernisation programmes as the Omsk Refinery’s. This is a good example of a large production facility not just meeting its economic objectives but also showing stringent adherence to environmental standards.”Svetlana Radionova Head, Rosprirodnadzor
Alexander Burkov, Governor of the Omsk Oblast, added: “The main environmental impacts in the Omsk region today come from road transport, power generation, and industry. It is extremely important to us that we continue working proactively as part of the federal project, fulfilment of which will significantly improve quality of life in the region. Gazprom Neft has always been a reliable partner to the Omsk Oblast, including on issues of ecological safety and improving the region’s environment. The company is supporting the development of a cutting-edge environmental monitoring system in Omsk, and is working closely with the regional Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources. Joint activities like this are an excellent example to other enterprises in Omsk.”Alexander Burkov Governor of the Omsk Oblast
Gazprom Neft is currently involved in a full-scale modernisation programme at its Omsk refinery, involving cumulative investment of more than RUB300 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 ongoing, as a result of which conversion rate and the yield of light petroleum products will increase.
The Federal “Clean Air” project forms part of the national “Ecology” project adopted under a Decree from President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in May 2018. The project is expected to lead to a