Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems is to acquire advanced large-scale equipment for its high-tech refining catalyst production plant, currently under construction, from NPP Mashprom, Ekaterinburg, with this company due to produce and deliver impregnation-process and drying equipment for readymade catalysts to Omsk. Gazprom Neft’s future complex, which has production capacity for 21,000 tonnes of products per year, will produce modern catalysts for key processes in deep refining and the production of Euro-5 fuels. Construction is expected to be completed by 2021, with the company’s investment in the project set to reach more than RUB30 billion.
This equipment is made from cutting-edge thermal insulation materials, guaranteeing reliable operation even under high temperatures. Natural gas will be used for heating, with environmentally protective technologies ensuring minimal environmental impacts. All complexes are equipped with automatic control systems, which will be integrated into a single control system. Specialists from the Russian Academy of Sciences were involved in developing this equipment. Delivery to site will be undertaken in prefabricated units, the total weight of which is expected to be more than 350 tonnes.
“Our plant is set to be the first high-tech catalyst production facility in Russia. Even in initial design we have been relying on Russian technologies, and actively involved cutting-edge domestic equipment producers. This integrated approach will underpin the implementation of the national Russian catalyst production project, guaranteeing the oil refining industry’s independence from supplies from foreign producers”.Alexander Chembulaev CEO, Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems
The future plant will allow the current catalyst production facility at the Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery to be decommissioned. Thanks to modern purification, containment and control systems, environmental impacts will be reduced almost two-fold, against a seven-fold increase in production.
Catalysts used in oil refining processes are nano-structured agents which, when introduced into the intermediate reaction cycle, speed up chemical reactions in oil refining.
The development of innovative technologies in catalyst production is being undertaken by Gazprom Neft in conjunction with major Russian research and development centres specialising in catalytic processes. The company’s partner on this national project, specifically, is the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk (a Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences) which is developing technology for the production of catalysts for hydrogenation processes. The Institute for Problems of Hydrocarbon Refining, Omsk (also a Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences), is also working with the company in developing new technologies and improving existing processes in the production of catalysts for catalytic cracking.
High-technology catalyst production at Gazprom Neft will make it possible to meet Russian refineries’ demand for secondary-refining catalysts in full. Total annual production capacity is 21,000 tonnes, comprising 4,000 tonnes of hydrotreatment catalysts, 2,000 tonnes of hydrocracking catalysts, and 15,000 tonnes of cat-cracking catalysts — all of which are used in key secondary refining processes making possible the production of Euro-5 motor fuels.
Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems is a Gazprom Neft subsidiary, managing a major project on developing catalyst production for refineries and establishing a cutting-edge complex to produce high-tech catalysts for key oil refining processes.