The Gazprom Neft Board of Directors has reviewed its implementation of an innovative project developing cat-cracking and hydro-treatment catalysts. The project forms part of the company’s strategy on innovation and development, running to 2025, intended to eliminate any dependence on imports within the refining industry, as well as ensuring supplies of effective catalysts for the production of high-quality motor fuels and increasing conversion rate.
Gazprom Neft is installing new production capacity at its Omsk Refinery to allow it to meet demand for secondary-processing catalysts across all of Russia’s refineries, with total volumes of new advanced catalysts, to be produced under the company’s “Selectum” brand, expected to be 21,000 tonnes per year. The Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation has awarded the initiative the status of a National Project.
Gazprom Neft will begin construction of its new Omsk catalyst production facility in 2018, with commissioning planned for 2020. The new catalyst plant has been designed on the basis of the full process cycle, including production of catalyst components, catalyst support materials and compounds. Quality control will be undertaken through the company’s own analytical laboratory and engineering centre, opened in Omsk in 2016 and designed for testing catalysts involving various kinds of raw materials, as well as determining optimum conditions and regimes for effective catalyst usage at production complexes throughout Russia. Russia’s first pilot cat-cracking facility is already in operation within the engineering centre, with seven further pilot hydro-treatment and hydro-cracking facilities planned in the near future.
Gazprom Neft is developing innovative technologies in catalyst production in partnership with leading specialist science and technology institutions, and holds 35 patents in catalyst production and technology, with a further 19 applications pending. Thanks to its collaboration with Russian science and technology institutions Gazprom Neft is able to undertake the entire process cycle in product testing — from selecting the best laboratory prototypes, to running industrial tests. Gazprom Neft has, already, had an improved cat-cracking catalyst in production since 2016. The company plans to begin testing hydrotreatment catalysts this year, and hydro-cracking catalysts in 2019.
Together with the country’s most important higher educational establishments and academic institutions Gazprom Neft has also embarked on training qualified personnel to be deployed in implementing this innovative and challenging project. In order to ensure the availability of raw materials for producing these new catalysts the company has put in place a high-quality pool of Russian enterprises as potential suppliers of component raw materials.